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The Nazi leader was now waiting hopefully for another Munich in diplomacy. In the days that followed, proposals for reconciliation, mediation and referendums were made by European foreign ministries, but none of these efforts at the critical moment produced practical results. At that time, the German generals were reminding Hitler that only one more month would be the autumn rain season that would make it impossible for us to move tanks on the Polish plains. On 31 August, therefore, the "Führer" issued his final order to March on Poland. At the same time, he issued a rather modest 16-point proposal for the consideration of the Polish Government, which was for the record only. Hitler announced that the proposal had been rejected before it was sent to Warsaw, and he tried to use this deception to justify the onslaught on Poland that had now taken place. In the early morning of September 1, 1939, German troops, tanks and aircraft crossed the Polish border without declaring war. On September 3, both Britain and France declared war on Germany. Mussolini remained neutral despite his speeches about the Axis "steel pact.". The Second World War has begun. www.xiaOShuOtxT.Com Chapter 25 World War II: The Global Impact (I) Novel txt Paradise The next world war will be fought with stones. Einstein In signing the treaty with Stalin,White Marble Slabs, Hitler's goal was to ensure the neutrality of the Soviet Union while he annihilated Poland. Then he could mobilize his forces to attack England and France, which he did. At the time, he announced privately: "Let us consider this treaty as something that secures our rear." As for the Soviet Union, that country was also on the list of its future victims. "The Soviet Union is not dangerous at the moment," he said. "We can only oppose the Soviet Union if we have freedom of movement in Western Europe. In the next one or two years,Agate Slabs Countertops, the current situation will continue. Thus, from the very beginning, Hitler had mapped out his plan of conquest: first Poland, then Western Europe, and finally the Soviet Union. He acted on this plan and thus determined the course of World War II until the Soviet Union and Western Europe became strong enough to seize the initiative. The Second World War, like the First World War, began as a conflict between European countries provoked by ethnic disputes in Eastern Europe. For the first two years, the campaigns were fought only in Europe. Then Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941, turning World War II into a global war, just as America's entry into the war in 1917 changed the nature of World War I. But at this time, Calacatta Quartz Slab ,Calacatta Nano Glass, the similarities between the two world wars no longer exist. With Japan's lightning occupation of all of East and Southeast Asia, World War II included many more areas than the previous World War. The two wars were also fundamentally different in the strategies and weapons used. In World War I, a defense based on trenches and machine gun groups proved superior to an attack; in World War II, an attack based on tanks and aircraft proved superior to a defense. This explains the great fluidity of the battle lines that characterized the Second World War. Whole countries and even whole continents changed hands back and forth, in stark contrast to the bloody stalemate on the western front between 1914 and 1918. The European phase of the war The Partition of Poland In Poland, for the first time, the Germans demonstrated the deadly effectiveness of their new Blitzkrieg. First, swarms of dive-bombers bombarded communication lines, amplifying the atmosphere of terror and chaos. The Panzer Division then opened gaps in the enemy's lines and penetrated deep into the rear, destroying transport and communications facilities and cutting the resisting forces into pieces. Finally, the lighter motorized and infantry divisions attacked and, if necessary, with the assistance of aircraft and artillery, "cleaned up" the scattered enemy troops. Unfortunately, Poland is just the right "institution" for such a war. The country is almost entirely a great plain, with few natural obstacles to stop the advance of tanks. The Polish army was hopelessly obsolete, with 12 cavalry brigades equipped with horses, boots, and kick-horse thorns, but only one armored brigade. In addition, the Polish High Command has thinly distributed its troops along the entire border line in a vain attempt to defend the territory of the whole country. The German Panzer divisions broke through the chosen target with little effort, cutting off supply lines and encircling the Polish infantry divisions, while the Luftwaffe bombed the target with only weak and ineffective resistance from the small Polish air force. The resulting chaos has mobilized only two-thirds of Poland's 1.7 million troops, and less than half of those troops can reach their concentration points. Within 10 days, the outcome of the battle was virtually decided. German tank and aircraft groups raced through the Polish countryside in the face of waning resistance. The speed of the German advance forced Stalin to take action in order to take over the territory he had insisted on when he signed the treaty with Hitler. On September 17, the Soviet Red Army crossed the border into eastern Poland and, two days later, established contact with the victorious Germans. On September 27, Warsaw fell, and the leaders of the Polish government fled to Romania and from there to France. Two days later, their country was carved up, with the Germans occupying 37,Granite Slab Supplier,000 square miles of land with a population of 22 million and the Soviets occupying 77,000 square miles of land with a population of 13 million. In less than a month, one of the largest countries in Europe has completely disappeared from the map. forustone.com

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