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  1. Unit 1: The World in Crisis

    1. Impact of World War I in Europe
    14 Topics
  2. 2. Stalin's Soviet Union
    12 Topics
  3. 3. Hitler's Germany
    27 Topics
  4. 4. Outbreak WWII in Europe
    13 Topics
  5. 5. Germany's Defeat in World War II
    21 Topics
  6. 6. Outbreak War in Asia Pacific
    6 Topics
  7. 7. Japan's Defeat
    10 Topics
  8. Unit 2: Bi-Polarity and the Cold War
    8. Reasons for the Cold War in Europe
    21 Topics
  9. 9. The Korean War
    19 Topics
  10. 10. Cuban Missile Crisis
    25 Topics
  11. 11. The End of Cold War
    19 Topics
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Hitler’s Expansionist Policy (Invasion of Poland)

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Invasion of Poland (1 Sept 1939)

German soldiers invade Poland in armored and motorized divisions in Sept. 1939. It was the beginning of World War 2. in Europe.
  • Trigger for World War II.
  • Since 1937, Hitler had demanded the ‘Free City’ of Danzig to be part of Germany – Danzig was a port city with most of its population German.
  • Hitler also wanted a railroad to be built across the Polish Corridor to reconnect Germany with East Prussia, which was considered part of Germany.
  • However, Polish leaders distrusted Hitler and feared loss of Poland’s independence.
  • Tensions increased between Poland and Germany and negotiations broke down.
  • 29 August 1939: Hitler again demanded Danzig and Polish Corridor
  • Britain and France knew Hitler could not be trusted but still willing to negotiate with Hitler regarding Danzig.
  • This move mistakenly convinced Hitler that they would not declare war on Germany.
  • When negotiations did not go as he had hoped, Hitler invaded Poland on 1 September.
  • Britain and France declared war on Germany on 3 Sept 1939.