Taking a Look at World War II

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THE WAR The second world war officially began on September 1,1939 when Germany invaded Poland. The reason given by Hitler for the invasion was the Gleiwitz incident, which saw Poles attack the German radio station Sender Gleiwitz on August 31, 1939. It later emerged that they were actually SS agents in disguise and that the attack was done so as to justify the impending invasion of Poland. The Soviet Union also attacked Poland from the east after signing non-aggression pacts with Germany and Japan. The United Kingdom and France declared war on Germany on September 3, heralding the global nature of the war. Poland was overrun in less than a month and Germany aimed to consolidate their advantage by invading Denmark and Norway for getting access to iron ore shipments from Sweden which was cut off owing to the naval blockade imposed by the allies .The Soviet Union, in turn, attacked Finland. In addition, Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg also fell to the German forces. Germany next prepared for the invasion of France. The French had the heavily fortified Maginot line which they hoped would contain the advancing German troops. However, the Germans unexpectedly progressed through the Ardennes forest and bypassed the Maginot line, rendering the French defence useless. Italy also attacked France on June 10,1940 and Paris fell four days later. France was divided in to German and Italian spheres of influence.
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