Hitler and the Blitzkrieg  <ul><li>German Aggression </li></ul><ul><li>Map of Expansion </li></ul>
Poland Falls <ul><li>Blitzkrieg </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“Lightning War” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Air Planes bomb and drop ...
Soviet Union Aggressions  <ul><li>Sept 17 th  Soviets take control of the Eastern half of Poland  </li></ul><ul><li>Lithua...
Phony War <ul><li>German and Allied forces sitting along the French Maginot Line waiting for something to happen  </li></u...
Make a lot of noise here… <ul><li>Hitler sets his sights on France </li></ul><ul><li>Uses Holland, Belgium, and Luxembourg...
Allies Surrounded <ul><li>Germans unite their forces in Belgium </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Belgium surrenders </li></ul></ul><u...
France Falls <ul><li>France left with little or no defenses </li></ul><ul><li>Mussolini sees an opportunity and declares w...
Charles de Gaulle <ul><li>French General  </li></ul><ul><li>Sets up exile government in England dedicated to reconquering ...
 
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Hitler And The Blitzkrieg

  1. 1. Hitler and the Blitzkrieg <ul><li>German Aggression </li></ul><ul><li>Map of Expansion </li></ul>
  2. 2. Poland Falls <ul><li>Blitzkrieg </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“Lightning War” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Air Planes bomb and drop troops </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1.5 million troops and tanks roll across the border at dawn on Sept 1 1939 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Who was waiting for the Germans to make their move? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Soviet Union </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Soviet Union Aggressions <ul><li>Sept 17 th Soviets take control of the Eastern half of Poland </li></ul><ul><li>Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia are next on Stalin’s list </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Easily annexed </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Finland fights back </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Poor weather </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Finns totally outnumbered and gunned but used skis to transport troops </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Finally forced to surrender in March of 1940 </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Phony War <ul><li>German and Allied forces sitting along the French Maginot Line waiting for something to happen </li></ul><ul><li>April 9 th 1940 Hitler launches surprise attack on Denmark and Norway </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Both countries fall </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hitler wanted the area to build bases for an attack on Great Britain </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Make a lot of noise here… <ul><li>Hitler sets his sights on France </li></ul><ul><li>Uses Holland, Belgium, and Luxembourg as distractions away from France </li></ul><ul><li>Sends a large force through the Maginot line at the Ardennes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tanks burst through the thick vegetation and catch the Allies complete off guard </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Allies Surrounded <ul><li>Germans unite their forces in Belgium </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Belgium surrenders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allied troops forced to retreat to the town of Dunkirk with no escape </li></ul></ul><ul><li>May 26- June 4 Private boat owners shuttled the forces across the English Channel to safety </li></ul><ul><ul><li>338,000 troops rescued </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. France Falls <ul><li>France left with little or no defenses </li></ul><ul><li>Mussolini sees an opportunity and declares war on France and Britain </li></ul><ul><li>French lose control of the Northern half of the country directly to the Germans </li></ul><ul><li>Southern half controlled by a puppet government </li></ul>
  8. 8. Charles de Gaulle <ul><li>French General </li></ul><ul><li>Sets up exile government in England dedicated to reconquering France </li></ul><ul><li>Urge all of the remaining forces in France to continue to fight </li></ul><ul><li>Formed the Free French military forces to continue the battle </li></ul>

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