The beginning of WWII

The beginning of WWII - G reat Bri tain and France declared...

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Germany invaded Poland Used blitzkrieg tactics Dive bombers and tanks German army mostly traveled by foot The 9 panzer divisions combined with the Luftwaffe quickly broke through the polish lines and defeated the polish army The Lineup of Forces for Germany in September 1939 Wehrmacht (Army) o 2,000,000 soldiers in 86 infantry divisions o 6 tank divisions o 8 mechanized divisions Kreigsmarine (Navy) o 2 battle cruisers o 3 pocket battleships o 2 heavy cruisers o 6 light cruisers o 34 destroyers o 56 submarines (26 oceangoing) Luftwaffe (Air Force) o 1500 bombers o 1100 fighters o Was originally intended to be a strategic bombing force o Hermann Goering turned the Luftwaffe into a ground support air force o Great Britain’s Forces Royal Army o 900,000 men (most of whom were stationed in India) o 17 infantry divisions o 2 tank divisions Royal Navy o 12 battleships o 3 battle cruisers
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This note was uploaded on 10/03/2011 for the course HIST 3544 taught by Professor Farrar during the Spring '10 term at Virginia Tech.

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