How did World War II begin?

Many historians have stated that World War II was a consequence of sanctions opposed on Germany and Hungary after World War I.

The hated Treaty of Versailles

The Treaty of Versailles imposed severe financial sanctions, isolation from international community, demilitarization of forces and territorial dismemberment of these countries.

It has also been clearly stated in many depositions that the Treaty of Versailles was very far away from containing Germany’s power.

At the end of WWI, Germany was full of anger because of its defeat; working subsequently on the country’s expansion and empowerment until time was right. The nation was seeking vengeance towards the War Guilt Clause it was forced to signed in 1919 assuming the entire responsibility of World War I.

Restrengthed Germany

In the decade of 1930’s many events took place in Europe, leaving the continent very weak. After World War I, the Spanish Civil War, the Italian Invasion of Ethiopia, the Japanese invasion of China, the Soviet-Japanese border conflicts, the Annexation of Austria and the invasion of Czechoslovakia, Germany became a regenerated power in between tired and weakened nations.


Invasion of Poland, Hitler ignores the United Kingdom

Finally, on 1st September 1939, over 1,000,000 German troops invaded Poland; becoming the starting point of WWII in Europe. German forces were demanded to withdraw from Poland in a thread issued by the United Kingdom and France.

Adolf Hitler ignored this thread and war was declared two days after the invasion of Poland. After war declarations from UK and France, the conflict started to escalate until it became a world war. Most of the world’s nations were involved forming two opposing sides: The Allies and the Axis.

The Allies were the anti-German coalition group integrated by (combatant states): the United States, Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, China, France, Poland, Canada, Australia, India, Yugoslavia, Greece, Netherlands, Belgium, New Zealand, South Africa, Norway, Denmark, Luxembourg, Czechoslovakia, Ethiopia, Brazil, Mexico, Cuba, Philippines and Mongolia.

And the Axis was represented by the integrants of the Tripartite pact: Germany, Japan and Italy.

The Second World War is still known as the most widespread war in history, killing an estimated between 50 to 85 million people. It is the worst and deadliest conflict in human history.

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