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      World War II: 70 Years Ago Today From: insurancelawyer

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      World War II: 70 Years Ago Today

      Posted by: "insurancelawyer" insurancelawyer@...   insurancelawyer

      Tue Sep 1, 2009 2:27 pm (PDT)



      At 4:00 AM on 01 September 1939, Nazi Germany sent 1.5 million troops,
      including six armored and four motorized divisions with the most modern
      equipment available, into Poland. Poland had more men mobilized -- 1.8
      million -- but it was still fighting with mostly World War I equipment
      and tactics.

      It was tanks and armored vehicles against mostly cavalrymen on horses.
      And the most modern airplanes against half the number of Polish antique
      biplanes.

      To justify the attack, Hitler arranges a bit of deception: the SS takes
      a group of concentration camp prisoners and dresses them in Polish army
      uniforms and takes them to the German-Polish border town of Gliewitz.
      In an operation dubbed "canned goods," the SS seizes the Gliewitz radio
      station and makes an announcement in Polish that Poland is invading
      Germany. The concentration camp prisoners are then shot to death and
      left lying on the ground for photographers to document the failed
      "invasion." Germany's invasion is then dubbed a "counter-attack. "

      On 07 September, the New York Times referred to the conflict for the
      first time as the "Second World War."

      By 17 September, it was almost all over, when the Soviet Union, which
      had cynically signed a non-aggression pact with Hitler the month before,
      attacked Poland from the East. By 20 September all of Poland was in
      either German or Soviet hands.

      What started World War II? Hitler had laid out his plans in his book,
      Mein Kampf, which he wrote in 1923. His vision was to gain "living
      space" for the crowded German people by stealing the lands of other
      people, primarily the Slavic peoples of Eastern Europe.

      At first, Hitler gained territory for Germany without bloodshed, through
      threats and bluffs. In 1936, he sent his troops in the Rheinland, which
      by the Treaty of Versailles was supposed to be demilitarized. France
      and England criticized the move, but took no action. This emboldened
      Hitler. Had the French Army moved in to enforce the Treaty, they could
      have kicked out the then-weak German army, and Hitler would have been
      finished.

      In 1937, Hitler convened all his top generals for a meeting in which he
      told them to prepare the Army and the national economy for war.

      In March 1938, Hitler annexed Austria, again through threats of
      invasion. Then in September 1938, he threatens Europe with war unless
      Czechoslovakia cedes its western section, known as the Sudetenland, on
      the premise that most of the population of that area are ethnic Germans
      who yearn to "return" to the German Reich. England and France take
      Hitler's word that the Sudetenland is his "last territorial demand" and
      that the cession will preserve "peace for our time." At the "Munich
      conference," the deal is signed.

      By March 1939, Hitler sends the German Army to occupy the remainder of
      Czechoslovkia, breaking the vow he made at Munich. Germany now
      surrounds Poland on three sides. A few days later, Germany demands, and
      receives, the cession of the port of Memel from Lithuania, under threat
      of naval bombardment. This is Hitler's last "bloodless" conquests.

      As the spring and summer of 1939 pass, Hitler turns his demands on
      Poland, seeking the return of territory taken from Germany and given to
      Poland by the Treaty of Versailles, including the city of Danzig and the
      "Polish Corridor," a strip of land cut right through Germany, giving
      Poland access to the Baltic Sea.

      But unlike the spineless British and French, the Polish leadership
      (which at the time was a junta of army colonels) was resistant and
      determined -- recklessly so, considering their vulnerable military
      position. Hitler's demands for the return of Danzig and the Corridor
      were insincere anyway -- had Poland relented, Hitler would have followed
      up with further incursions as he did with Czechoslovakia anyway.

      So on 01 September, Hitler began his blitzkrieg ("lightning war") which
      overwhelmed the Poles. Three days later, England and France declared
      war on Germany, but made no moves.

      In April 1940, Germany invaded neutral Denmark and Norway. On 10 May
      1940, German armies invaded neutral Holland and Belgium, despite many
      solemn vows by Hitler to respect their neutrality. On 13 May, while
      Dutch negotiators talked with German officials about the terms for the
      surrender of Rotterdam, German bombers wiped out the heart of the city,
      killing about 1,000 civilians. The German Armies proceed into France.
      By 15 May the French Premier announces, "We have been defeated." The
      French keep fighting, however, until 17 June, when they requested an
      armistice. Formal surrender comes on 22 June 1940.

      With invasions of Yugoslavia and Greece as well, and Italy in the hands
      of Hitler's friend Mussolini, a long dark night settled over Europe.
      The British held out desperately, and, aided in part by Hitler's lack of
      understanding of naval warfare and Hermann Goering's ineptitude as
      commander of the Luftwaffe, England fended off a planned German
      invasion, and Hitler made the fatal mistake of attacking Russia on 22
      June 1941 as a means of eliminating Britain's "hope" that the Soviet
      Union would come to its rescue.

      While German armies initially surprised and surrounded many Soviet
      armies in the initial months of the attack, the sheer size of Russia,
      the existence of millions more Soviet soldiers than Germany had counted
      on, and the desperate fighting will of the Red Army -- aided by the
      inability of German soldiers to cope with the harsh Russian winters --
      eventually ground down the Germans and allowed Russia to take the
      offensive.

      On 6 June 1944, England, France, Canada and the U.S. invaded France via
      the Normandy coast and began to roll back the German armies, which were
      attempting to hold on desperately against the Russian armies on the
      Eastern front. Most German generals understood by the summer fo 1944
      that Germany's defeat was inevitable, but Hitler and Goebbels, knowing
      that if Germany was defeated, their own personal fates were sealed,
      insisted on fighting to the death. In fact Goebbels, the propaganda
      minister, had been advising the German public since late 1941 that the
      outcome of the war would determine the "existence or non-existence" of
      Germany.

      Part of the reason Hitler and Goebbels knew that Germany had to win in
      order to survive, was that Germany had, in Goebbels words, "burned its
      bridges behind it" with its massive exterminations of civilians -- Jews
      in particular but also millions of Poles and Russians -- which, as much
      as they justified these actions as part of Germany's "new order," also
      understood would be viewed as horrific crimes by the rest of the world
      in the event of Germany's defeat.

      At the end of April 1945, with most of Germany occupied by Russian,
      American and British troops, Hitler and Goebbles committed suicide (but
      not before Goebbels murdered his six children with cyanide). Germany
      surrendered on 07 May 1945. Fifty-one million people, half of them
      civilians, died violently as a result of Germany's lust for world
      conquest.

      If you can read this in English, thank a veteran.

      Larry Rogak

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