The axis triumphant!

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The axis triumphant!

  1. 1. The Axis Triumphant!
  2. 2. Two Theaters of Fighting  World War II occurred in two primary theaters (fronts or areas of fighting): Europe and Asia/Pacific.
  3. 3. Blitzkrieg!  The Germans conducted a blitzkrieg or “lightening war” against Poland – in other words, without warning, they hit Poland with all they had!  The Soviets, German allies due to the Soviet Non-Aggression Pact signed in 1939, attacked Poland from the east.
  4. 4. Dominos Falling…..  Denmark and Norway fell quickly to Nazi power.  But the biggest shock was when France, a major ally from World War I, surrendered in 1940!
  5. 5. The Battle Over Britain  Having conquered mainland Europe, Hitler turned to invade Britain.  For an entire year, the German Air Force bombed Britain.  But the British had superior planes, pilots, and RADAR to beat back the Germans.  They also had designed a machine to break German codes.
  6. 6. Winston Churchill  Prime Minister Winston Churchill inspired the British to continue fighting and to take the war to Germany by alternative routes.
  7. 7. Other Places to Fight?  Fighting occurred in North Africa. Germans there were led by a man named Rommel.  The Germans wanted to control the Suez Canal and the Middle East.  By 1941, Germany had take Yugoslavia and Greece.

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