WWII - WWII Countdown to war began in 1931 when Japan...

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WWII Countdown to war began in 1931 when Japan invaded and conquered the northern Chinese province in Manchuria In Italy- Benito Mussolini dreamed of an Italian empire in North Africa. 1935- Launched invasion of Ethiopia. Greatest threat from Germany Adolph Hitler- to power in 1933 as head of Nazi party Proclaimed himself “Fuhrer” (absolute leader) Proclaimed start of 1000 year Reich (empire) 1936- Sent troops into Rhineland 1938- Absorbed Austria Hitler predicted that the West would respond weakly Britain gave in to German plans to rebuild a navy France registered only mild protest over Rhineland invasion U.S. indifferent to German/Italian interference in Spanish civil war Roosevelt fighting isolationism at home Congress passes neutrality acts Germany invaded Poland on Sept. 1, 1939- Lebensraum (living space) Blitkrieg (lightning war) Sign a nonaggression pact with the Soviet Union After Poland, Great Britain and France declare war on Germany- Allies: Britain, France, USSR, (eventually U.S.) Axis: Germany, Italy, Japan April of 1940- Germany invades much of western/northern Europe June 22 1940- France Surrenders Germans establish puppet government in Vichy, France Battle of Britain begins German Luftwaffe (air force) begin bombing Roosevelt offers assistance
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