World War Two

All category topics on the military, political, social, and cultural aspects of the Second World War.

All category topics on the military, political, social, and cultural aspects of the Second World War.


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World War Two – The Blitz

In the summer of 1940, Hitler decided to invade Britain. His plan was to take control of the English Channel by destroying the Royal Airforce and then to send German troops into Britain to take control. In July 1940, Hitler put his plan into operation. The German airforce (Luftwaffe) began…

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World War Two – Conscription Definition

The following article on conscription in World War Two (conscription definition) is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman' D-Day Encyclopedia. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  Conscription literally means compulsory military service. Unlike other European countries, Britain had always relied on volunteers to fight in times of war. Conscription…

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German and Axis WW2 Successes and Failures

WW2 Axis powers had enough successes early in the war to make dramatic gains in the European and Pacific theaters of war, but enough failures to doom themselves to ultimate defeat. Britain's policy of appeasement had failed to stop Hitler. Hitler invaded Poland on 1st September 1939 and Britain and…

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World War Two – Causes

Listen to the audio of this post here: World War Two began in September 1939 when Britain and France declared war on Germany following Germany's invasion of Poland. Although the outbreak of war was triggered by Germany's invasion of Poland, the causes of World War 2 are more complex. Treaty…

World War Two – Statistics & Data

Who Fought Whom? Axis Allies Occupied Neutral Bulgaria Finland Germany Hungary Italy Japan Romania Argentina Australia Bolivia Brazil Canada China Chile Columbia Costa Rica Cuba France India Iraq Lebanon Mexico New Zealand Paraguay South Africa Soviet Union United Kingdom United States Albania Belgium Czechoslovakia Denmark Estonia Ethiopia France Greece Luxemburg…

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World War 2 Timeline

Below is a comprehensive World War 2 timeline, featuring the key events that led to the war, along with detailed information and the dates in which they occurred. For a discussion on the events that preceded World War Two and led to its eruption, please click here. Date Summary Detailed…

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Nazi Germany – Sudetenland

At the end of World War One the treaties of Versailles, St Germain and Trianon broke the Austro-Hungarian Empire and took land from both countries and also from Germany to give to other countries. The Sudetenland was taken away from Germany and the Austro-Hungarian Empire and given to Czechoslovakia. The…

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Nazi Germany – Anschluss

By 1938, Hitler felt strong enough to plan a union or Anschluss with Austria. This was part of his aim to unite all German-speaking people in one country. It was forbidden by the Treaty of Versailles so Hitler had to plan very carefully. Hitler began by ordering the Austrian Nazi…

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Nazi Germany – The Rhineland

Under the terms of the Treaty of Versailles 1919 Germany was not allowed to have any military force, building or armaments in the Rhineland area. To ensure German compliance the area was occupied by British and French troops. Under the terms of the Treaty of Locarno 1925 Germany, France, Britain…

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Nazi Germany – The Reichstag Fire

The Facts At 10pm on 27th February 1933 the Berlin Fire Department received a call that the Reichstag building was on fire. A young communist Marinus van der Lubbe was discovered on the premises clad in just trousers and footwear. A number of small fires had been started around the…

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