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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 26: War in Europe 26/07/2007 08:59:00 How do the events of World War II unfold? September 1938Munich Conference French and British leaders have met with Hitler Germany can have Sudetenland No more territorial expansion allowed March 1939Germany marched to Sudetenland Annexed all of Czechoslovakia August 1939Germany signed agreement with Russia over Poland and Baltic states France and Britain pledge to assist Poland September 1, 1939 Hitler invaded Poland September 3, 1939Britain nd France declare war on Germany, but were not able to mobilize and defend Poland. Winter of 1939/40== Sitting Wara temporary lull in fighting ( sitzkrieg ) April 1940--- blitzkrieg--- lightning war Germanys massive war effort against: Denmark Norway Belgium, Luxemburg, Netherlands France Used tanks, motorized infantry and artillery, air support, and a well-trained military British and French were shocked! May 1940British troops were barely able to evacuate Dunkirk before it fell to Germany June 1940--- France Falls! Germans set up a puppet government in Vichy June 1940Italians declare war of Allies Hitler now controls all of Western Europe! What is Americas response/involvement? Americas policy of isolationism soon turned to interventionism as it became clear that Britain could not defeat Germany without help....
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