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Blitzkrieg: lightning war in 1940. German forces quickly defeated the ill-equipped Polish troops by launching a blitzkrieg. They concentrated airplanes, tanks, and motorized infantry to encircle Polish defenders and capture their capital. Hitler would later order Germany to attack France. Blitzkrieg crushed Denmark and Norway before invading France. Dunkirk: While invading France in 1940, the Germans trapped the French on the beached of Dunkirk. Many British and French soldiers were rescued but still the French government surrendered soon leaving the Germans much of Northern France including Paris. This left Britain standing alone. Battle of Britain: Immediately after the defeat of France, Hitler ordered his generals to organize the invasion of Britain. They planned to land thousands of German soldiers along the coast of southeast England. Hitler’s generals however were worried about the damage the air force would put on the German army. Agreeing, Hitler refocused his
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army on the British air force. In August 1940 the Germans began their mass bomber attacks and daily raids. Although fighting back, many of the royal airfare airfields were defeated. Hitler then ordered attacks on civilians and began bombing in what is now known as the Blitz. This would end the battle of Britain. Operation Barbarossa: Operation describes the Nazi German invasion of Russia in 1941. It was said that during the Battle of Britain, Hitler lost interest and focused his attention on Russia. Barbarossa was the largest military attack in WWII. The Germans were just too large as three of their army groups attacked Russia and defeated them in recognizably quick manner. Siege of Leningrad: Leningrad was one of the primary targets in operation Barbarossa in 1941. Led by Hitler, his strategy was to first surround and bombard the city in the air. As they put artillery on the ground, Leningrad would eventually have to give up. German bombers dropped propaganda leaflets on the city, stating
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that the people would starve to death if they did not surrender. They kept their word as they slowly cut off food, electricity, and other essentials Leningrad needed to survive. The siege lasted 900 days and many people did starve to death. The siege was lifted as the Germans retreated in the face of the Red Army. Firebombing of Dresden: During WWII, much of
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