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Again the Road to War : 

Again the Road to War

Part 1: Hitler : 

Part 1: Hitler Who was Adolf Hitler?

Adolf Hitler (20 April 1889 – 30 April 1945) was an Austrian-born German politician and leader of the  National Socialist Workers Party, commonly know as the Nazi Party. He was the Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945, and after 1934, also becoming head of state and ‘Fuhrer und Reichskanzler’ (meaning leader and Reich commander in the German language), becoming an absolute dictator and ruling the country.

Hitler's Goals : 

Hitler's Goals Expand German Boundaries. The Volk, or German People in a single nation. Remove all Jews-an inferior race.

Hitler wanted a united Germany : 

Hitler wanted a united Germany Hitler gained support by promoting  German nationalism, anti- Semitism, anti- capitalism , and anti- communism with charismatic oratory and propaganda. He was appointed chancellor in 1933, and quickly transformed the Weimer Republic into the Third Reich, a single party dictatorship based on the totalitarian and autocratic ideals of national socialism.

Germany Rearms? : 

Germany Rearms? After the rise of Hitler, Germany began to systematically rearm its military and prepared for a preemptive strike While this happened, the other powers of Europe did little to stop Hitler

Other Problems for Europe : 

Other Problems for Europe By this time ,Mussolini who was the leader of Italy, staged an attack on Ethiopia which the Germans supported. Who would be friends with Italy? Well, the Germans of course. What happened to the French and British?

Adolf goes to Rhineland! : 

Adolf goes to Rhineland! His Greatest risk yet! Hitler's generals think he is crazy! Hitler begins to take control of most of Europe, while he is doing this, no attempts are made to stop him by the Allies. Where are the French and British?

Facts : 

Facts Rhineland was occupied by Entente or British-French forces forces, then demilitarized under the Treaty of Versailles. German forces remilitarized the territory in 1936, as part of a diplomatic test of will, three years before the outbreak of the Second world war. The Treaty of Versailles was one of the peace treaties at the end of world war I. It ended the state of war between Germany and the Allied Powers.

Adolf goes to Austria! : 

Adolf goes to Austria! “We must always demand so much that we can never be satisfied”. Hitler visits his homeland and is welcomed as a hero. He then stages an attack on the Czechs. Mussolini objects to first advance. Hitler tries again and is successful. Czechoslovakia is surrounded. This makes it clear that Hitler means business

A picture of a speech being given by Hitler at Nuremberg : 

A picture of a speech being given by Hitler at Nuremberg

Adolf goes to Poland : 

Adolf goes to Poland The Nazi-Soviet Pact takes place and Hitler conquers Poland. Blitzkrieg of Poland takes place as Europe is on the brink of war. Russia takes East Poland and others. The French and British prepare to engage.

The Soviet-Nazi Pact : 

The Soviet-Nazi Pact On 23 August, 1939, the world was shocked when, suddenly, Russia and Germany signed a 'Non-aggression Pact'.     People would have been even more shocked if they had known at the time that, in addition, the two countries had made a number of a 'secret protocol' agreeing to 'spheres of influence' in Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania and Poland.   It amounted to an agreement to invade and divide the countries of eastern Europe between them ... with Poland first on the list. Vyacheslav Molotov signed the Nazi soviet pact with Hitler

Slide 14: 

Following the annexation of Czechoslovakia, Hitler turned his attention to Poland. In March, 1939, he declared that the non aggression pact signed in 1934 was void and that the issue of ownership of Danzig had to be dealt with. Diplomatic activity heightened as the European powers attempted to prevent a German invasion of Poland. The French had a long standing agreement with the Poles, dating back to 1921. The British sought to discourage German aggression by pledging to use force to protect Poland in the case of an invasion. Both sides now turned to Stalin. Hitler won the race to ally with the Soviet Union. On 23rd August 1939 the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact was agreed. Unknown to the bemused outside world, this agreement contained a clause that agreed to the partitioning of Poland between the two powers in the event of a war in Poland. That war would come but one week later. On 1st September 1939, German forces invaded Poland. Blitzkrieg was now put into practice. German forces attacked on a number of fronts. The map below illustrates these assaults. Black arrows indicate primary assaults, red arrows indicate a secondary assault. The arrows to the right hand side of the map, coming from the East into Poland, signify the Soviet advance into Poland that followed the German invasion.

Adolf goes all over Europe! : 

Adolf goes all over Europe! Hitler takes Denmark, Norway, France, and sets sights on Britain. Battle of Britain begins as he sets his sights on the English channel. “Fortress Europe” is termed as Hitler gains control of most of the continent

Battle of Britain : 

Battle of Britain Winston Churchill replaces Chamberlain because he is unable to handle the situation or stop Hitler through negotiations. German air force bombs London non-stop. British people rally and the Royal Air Force make a stand!

Adolf goes to Russia : 

Adolf goes to Russia However Hitler suddenly has a change of heart and abandons his plans to invade Britain even after crushing the RAF. Instead he plans to attack his closest ally, Russia. Which is going to be one of his greatest mistakes. Mussolini delays Hitler's plans. Moscow does not fall because the German troops cannot fight in the harsh winter that the Russian Red Army is trained to fight in. German army suffers greatly.

Adolf Goes Crazy : 

Adolf Goes Crazy Under Himmlers SS squads Hitler plans to exterminate millions in death camps. Hitler wants to get his hands cleansed of the Jews. The crimes of the Nazi regime have no precedent in human history!

Slide 19: 

One of the foundations of Hitler's social policies was the concept of racial hygiene. It was based on the ideas of Arthur de Gobineau, a French count; eugenics, a pseudo-science that advocated racial purity; and social Darwinism. Applied to human beings, “survival of the fittest" was interpreted as requiring racial purity and killing off “life unworthy of life." The first victims were children with physical and developmental disabilities; those killings occurred in a programme dubbed Action T4.After a public outcry, Hitler made a show of ending this program, but the killings in fact continued . Between 1939 and 1945, the SS, assisted by collaborationist governments and recruits from occupied countries, systematically killed somewhere between 11 and 14 million people, including about six million Jews, in concentration camps , ghettos and mass executions, or through less systematic methods elsewhere. In addition to those gassed to death, many died as a result of starvation and disease while working as slave laborers. Jew Extermination

United States and Japan Enter the War! : 

United States and Japan Enter the War! December 7, 1941 Germany and Italy declare war on U.S. Midway a turning point? War rages in Africa, Sicily and Italy.

The Allies go to Germany : 

The Allies go to Germany June 6, 1944 France liberated by September of 1944 Battle of the bulge German last stand! March 1945 U.S. and Russia goes into Berlin.

Htiler is surrounded : 

Htiler is surrounded By late 1944, the Red Army had driven the Germans back into Central Europe and the Western Allies were advancing into Germany. Hitler realized that Germany had lost the war, but allowed no retreats. He hoped to negotiate a separate peace with America and Britain, a hope buoyed by the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt on 12 April 1945. Hitler's stubbornness and defiance of military realities allowed the Holocaust to continue. He ordered the complete destruction of all German industrial infrastructure before it could fall into Allied hands, saying that Germany's failure to win the war forfeited its right to survive. Rather, Hitler decided that the entire nation should go down with him. Execution of this  plan was entrusted to arms minister Albert Speer, who disobeyed the order. The exact cause and date of the death of Adolf Hitler has not been determined. A well known theory states that on 30 April 1945 Adolf Hitler committed suicide by gunshot and cyanide poisoning. The lack of public information concerning the whereabouts of Hitler's remains, confused reports stemming from the dual method and other circumstances surrounding the event encouraged rumors that Hitler may have survived the end of World War II. Records kept by the Soviet KGB and Russian FSB were opened in 1992 and somewhat matched the widely accepted version of Hitler's death as described by Hugh Trevor-Roper in his book The Last Days of Hitler, published in 1947. However, the Russian archives yielded more detailed autopsy information along with what happened to the corpse.

Let’s Look at Some Quick WWII Facts : 

Let’s Look at Some Quick WWII Facts » In 1933, the Nazis, led by Adolf Hitler, came to power in Germany. By 1934, Hitler had all his rivals assassinated and had total control of Germany. Hitler was voted Time magazine's Man of the Year in 1938. During World War II, an average of 388,000 civilians were killed every month from 1939 to 1945. In World War II it cost the Allies about $225,000 to kill one enemy soldier.

A Little Trivia : 

A Little Trivia » The British Broadcasting Company played the opening bars of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony in all its broadcasts to Europe during World War II. The familiar "dah-dah-dah-DAAAAH" opening is the same as Morse code for the letter "v" (dot-dot-dot-dash) — the symbol adopted for "victory." President Franklin D. Roosevelt died two weeks before Germany finally surrendered during World War II. Socrates, Nero, Mark Anthony, Cleopatra, Vincent van Gogh, and Adolf Hitler all committed suicide.

Last Look : 

Last Look

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