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May – invasion of Belgium and Netherlands shut off the Belgian/French border  Cut off/stranded British and French troop movement May 28 th  - June 4 th   - British/French troops able to extract troops from Dunkirk  (300,000 troops) British had been pushed off the continent, abandoned tanks/artillery – stunned by  force of German attack German troop movement to Paris after Dunkirk Paris declared a free city - would not be destroyed, no shots fired June – French surrender at home in same place of German WWI surrender in 1918 What would happen if Germany tried to invade Britain? Britain vulnerable – Chamberlain resigns and Churchill takes over 1930s – Churchill seen as war monger, not influential and not keen on talking with  Nazis/Hitler Hitler knew that negotiations with Churchill would not be popular Operation Sea Lion: German plan to invade Britain – given one month to plan No contingency plans, German army given nothing to plan Assault of Great Britain by air – knew they had to seal off channel Would unload troops at ports – transport on shallow-drafted barges English channel rough water, not practical for barges – shows the  improvisation of German war strategy Churchill authorizes use of poison gas from WWI Pre-war agreement to restrain from bombing civilian targets – Germans tried to hit ports/air 
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force in Britain Shifted priority from assaulting coast to terror attacks on London, Liverpool and other  major British cities – virtual suicide attempts to bomb targets Two wars for Germany – east/west, barely holding on to Operation Sea Lion Still emerged as hegemonic European power United States entry to war necessary to save British War in 1941     Hitler had given authorization to plan invasion of Soviet Union – main goal for war against  Judeo-bolshevism Creation of living space **Crusade against what?? Fall 1940 – Hitler believed that he did not have enough time to achieve goal against Judeo- bolshevism  1939 Red Army purge of officers through ALL levels of Soviets – executed or sent to Siberia Red Army = largest army in the world Hitler view to “kick the door in” and the entire structure of the Red Army would fall Operation Barbarossa – German General Franz Halder Believed soviets would not be able to resist for more than 8-10 weeks OBJECTIVE: destroy Red Army and eastern Soviet Union Using: Blitzkrieg within 8-10 weeks 3 Army groups – North/Central/South each marching toward different target 3 million troops – largest military operation in history Commissioned use of horses?
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