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World War II Part 1

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World War II Part 1

  1. 1. World War II
  2. 2. On to war! March 1939 – Br and Fr agree to help Poland if invaded Aug 1939 – Hitler and Stalin agree to a ten year Non-Aggression Pact (secret document attached about how to divide up E. Europe)  Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact Sept. 1, 1939, Germany invades Poland  Blitzkrieg, Poland down in a month, Holocaust begins in Poland  Stalin seizes E. half of Poland Sept. 3, 1939, Br and Fr declare war on Germany
  3. 3. Taking over Poland  September 1, 1939  Falls very quickly (3 wks)  Poland split between Nazis and Soviets  Soviets – imprison many people  Nazis –  Goal to turn Poles into unskilled workers  Begin arresting and imprisoning Poland’s large Jewish population
  4. 4. Blitzkrieg “Lightning War” Three pronged attack  Luftwaffe  Tanks  Infantry troops
  5. 5. Britain and France Declare War on Germany  http://www.bbc.co.uk/schoolradio/rams/worldwar2audioclipslibrary_ Sept. 3, 1939 Neville Chamberlain (Britain’s PM)
  6. 6. Evacuation of the Children Britain immediately begins evacuating children from their cities 1.5 Million relied on gvt for evacuation 2 Million made independent arrangements
  7. 7. Princess Elizabeth’s Message from the future Queen http://www.bbc.co.uk/schoolradio/rams/worldwar2au
  8. 8. Gas Mask Precaution
  9. 9. 1940 - A Year of Success for Germany April 9th – Invades and Occupied Denmark and Norway  Denmark offers little resistance  Norway puts up a fight May 10th – France, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg  France is attacked and invaded  So much for the Maginot Line  Belgium receives a fullscale Blitzkrieg attack  Netherlands attacked by air
  10. 10. Battle of the Atlantic 1939 – 1945 Germany’s fight against the Allies  U-boats and armed merchants  Wolf pack attacks  Try to block supply routes and convoys
  11. 11. Miracle at Dunkirk British and French forces become trapped at Dunkirk Number of men rescued (in chronological order): 27 May (7669 men) 28 May (17,804 men) 29 May (47,310 men) 30–31 May (120,927 men) 1 June (64,229 men) 2–4 June (up to 54,000 men)
  12. 12. Paris Falls With the Rest of France Paris falls June 14 Occupation divided between Germany and Italy Germany can now focus efforts on Britain
  13. 13. Battle of Britain
  14. 14. German Luftwaffe v. Britain’s RAF If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be freed and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duty and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say: "This was their finest hour" http://www.bbc.co.uk/schoolradio/rams/worldwar2audioclipslibrary_clip08.ram
  15. 15. Spotter on London Rooftop
  16. 16. http://www.bbc.co.uk/schoolradio/rams/worldwar2audioclipslibrary_clip02.ram

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