Early turning points of WW II

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Brief overview of the early turning points: appeasement through Operation Barbarossa

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Early turning points of WW II

  1. 1. Early Turning Points of World War II
  2. 2. Recap of the Path to Warmilitarization Invasion of Poland SudetenlandAnschluss Munich Conference
  3. 3. Appeasement• 3 possible motives• Significance in 1938?• Modern significance? • Application to U.S. foreign policy • end of isolationism
  4. 4. The Fall of France June 1940• the French learned the wrong lesson from WW I• construction of the Maginot Line• “phony war”• blitzkrieg warfare• fall of Denmark and Norway• less than three weeks....• train car
  5. 5. Battle of Britain aka “The Blitz” (Fall 1940)• Background of battle• new technology• Nazis change tactics• First major turning point: Allies go on the offensive--Germany is not invincible!
  6. 6. The U.S. at the Start of WW II• end of WW I: the U.S. demilitarizes!• policy of isolation• impact of the Battle of Britain• lend lease program• Hitler’s opinion of the United States
  7. 7. Operation Barbarossa June 1941 • Nazis invade the USSR! (lebensraum) • what about the relationship? Left--------|--------Right • second major turning point: two front war • a new alliance and propaganda--”Uncle Joe” • lend lease is extended to the USSR
  8. 8. Significance of Operation Barbarossa Ultimately, Hitler failed to learn from WW I

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