A Deeper Understanding Of World War II

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On September 1st, 1939, Nazi forces had begun the Invasion of Poland in an effort to increase living space, or Lebensraum, for the Aryan Germans. Hitler’s decision to do this completely disregarded the defense Britain and France guaranteed to Poland, and when Hitler declared war on Poland, Britain and France declared war on Hitler. This would lead to the official start of World War II. Hitler is commonly recognized as the man who invaded Poland in an attempt to take over the world. However, a deeper understanding of World War II shows that there are also reasons to believe that Hitler was only interested in the annexation of Poland, and was actually interested in avoiding a world war. This created what would become one of the most debated events among historians; Was Adolf Hitler’s intent to ignite a world war upon the Invasion of Poland, or was it simply a military attack campaigned to increase German living space.
Post World War I Germany was left in ruins, and a horrible Treaty of Versailles left bitterness in the German’s hearts. The Weimar Republic would then take control over Germany, but the Germans viewed it as a weak government. This left a perfect opportunity for Fascist leader Adolf Hitler to take charge. Hitler began violating the terms set by the Treaty of Versailles by remilitarizing the Rhineland in 1936, and annexing Austria and Czechoslovakia in 1938. Due to Britain’s policy of appeasement, these acts met little military response. Hitler then looked to…

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