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What were the causes of the Second World War? What had led to what is considered to be the largest genocide in the history of mankind? What led Germany to attack Poland in 1939, beginning the Second World War? Two causes of the Second World War, were the Treaty of Versailles, written by the victors of the First World War, and the rise of the fascist movement in Germany. The leader, chosen to led the German people, and enforce the Nazi values was Adolf Hitler.
The Second World War began in September of 1939 and was between the Allies and the Axis. It began with Germany’s unprovoked attack and conquest of Poland, and involved Britain and France from the beginning. Its origins lay in German resentment at the terms of the Treaty of Versailles (1919), the economic crisis of 1929-30, which favored the rise to power of Fascist dictators, the failure of the League of Nations to gain international acceptance for disarmament, and the policy of imperialism adopted by Germany, Italy and Japan as a means of acquiring raw materials and markets. As a part of the Treaty of Versailles, Germany had to accept full responsibility for the First World War, which then led up to the outbreak of the Second. The reparations chapter of the Treaty of Versailles was universally condemned in Germany.
Hitler and Mussolini agreed to the Germans occupation of Sudentenland in September 1938. Then in March 1939, peace broke down when Hitler conquered the rest of Czechoslovakia. He soon afterward started to make orders to Poland, but they resisted at every turn. Notwithstanding the conflict with Britain and France, Hitler decided to invade Poland. In return, Great Britain and France declared war on Germany on September 3, 1939.
This sacrificed much of Czechoslovakia to Germany. France and Britain began to rearm and to offer guarantees to other potential victims of the Nazi aggression. In August of 1939 Germany and the Soviet Union, previously bitter enemies, concluded a non-aggression pact, thus freeing Hitler to invade Poland on September 1, 1939. France and Britain immediately declared war on Germany officially beginning World War II. Germany won a quick victory in Poland and went on to occupy Norway and Denmark in 1940.
The red army barred the burden of war the soviets suffered the larger loss of resources, people and equipment.as the war worsened America declared it's unprepared for war and doesn't get immediately involved in the war till 1944, singling out the soviets.soviets union holds their own just when the war started to look grim soviets pushed germany's advance all the way back to Berlin and capture it. After that truman ends the war in August 1945 with the atomic bomb which starts the cold war . TWO superpowers with opposing views (communism & capitalism). Red army originally was established as a means to protect the soviet people from the old bolsheviks during the october revolution. So as ww2 began the soviet union signed an anti-war pact with germany in august 1939 for a 4 year time period.
Next on Hitler's list was Denmark and Norway. Using blitzkrieg tactics along with a new never before seen weapon, paratroopers, Denmark and Norway fell in only a few weeks. Th... ... middle of paper ... ...ilitary vehicles along the French coast and began their own blitzkrieg. They moved at a pace of 40 miles per day and pushed the Germans back into their own country, completely liberating France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and much of the Netherlands by September 1944. The race was on between Russia and the other allies to get to Berlin.
The materials needed to have such an invasion were not yet built to cross the English Channel. Meanwhile in the1940’s campaign, when the British were battling in Dunkirk, France, the British had to withdraw forces from being massacred by Hitler’s army. During this confrontation Hitler had declared war on the United States on December 11, 1941 just after Pearl Harbor was bombed by the Japanese military forces. Roosevelt first stated that “Germany is priority first.” This was agreed in Argentia, Newfoundland in August of 1941. Eisenhower, U.S. general, proposed an attack in 1943 named (Operation “Roundup”) and another called (Operation “Sledgehammer”), these would be used in the event of the Soviets collapsing or the weakening of Germany.
Two years later, 1941, the two superpowers were pulled into the War. On June 22, the unthinkable happened, Germany invaded their allies, the Soviet Union. Because of this interesting choice by Hitler, the Russians switch to the Allies and fight their former friends. Later, towards the end of the year, the Americans joined the fight. On December 7, a Japanese strike was set into action to destroy the American navy which was docked at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.