German Invasion of Poland

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German invasion of Poland. From Wikipedia.
The German invasion of Poland was caused by many important factors:
1. Much of Western Poland was once part of the German Empire before World War II. Some areas even had a German majority.
2. There were a lot of Jews in Poland. Hitler's policies eventually called for the extermination of all Jewish people. In fact, Jews made up more than around a quarter or a third of the Polish population.
3. Another one of Hitler's ideals was his idea of Lebensraum - that Germany was destined to expand further from its homeland and go east, pushing out the 'apparently inferior Slavs' (in his opinion, anyways).
4. Hitler hated Communism, despite the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. He required a border with the Soviet Union so he could later invade them, which happened in Operation Barbarossa.

Using the blitzkrieg (practiced in the Spanish Civil War), or "lightning war", Germany reached and captured Warsaw, the capital of Poland, in 1 month and 5 days, from September 1, 1939 – October 6, 1939

Germany, Slovakia, and later, the Soviet Union all participated in this invasion.

Great Britain and France declared war on Germany after warning Germany not to invade Poland.

This is generally accepted as the beginning of World War 2, although the World War II Pacific Theater can also be counted as the beginning of World War II.


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