World War II Map
<div>March 7, 1936</div><div>German troops move into the Rhineland, taking it for its industries. This surprised the French, who did not want to fight. The British pushed for appeasement in order to keep peace. </div>
<div>March 1938</div><div>Hitler wanted to create a union between Germany and Austria. <span>He sends troops into Austria to annex it. He ignored the appeasement with France and Britain. </span></div>
<div>March 1939</div><div>Hitler wanted Czechoslovakia because most of its citizens were German and they were a main defense. Six months after the Munich Conference Hitler sends his troops in and took the country. </div>
<div>September 1, 1939</div><div>Hitler promised to divide Poland with the Soviet Union. He sent troops, tanks, and bombers into Poland, destroying Warsaw. Germany annexed the Western half of Poland. </div>
<div>September 17, 1939</div><div>The USSR wanted more land, just like Germany and the Soviet Union. <span>Stalin occupies the Eastern half of Poland and sends the rest of his troops to Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. They fell quickly. </span></div>
<div>November 1939</div><div>Stalin meets resistance in Finland. The Russians were not prepared for winter fighting. The battle did not end until Finland surrendered in March 1940. </div>
<div>1939</div><div>After France declares war on Germany, they await an attack on the Maginot Line. The Germans wait for an attack from the Siegfried Line. Nothing happens and it is known as the sitzkrieg, or the "sitting war". </div>
<div>April 9, 1940</div><div>Hitler launches a surprise attack on Denmark. After four hours, Denmark fell. Norway surrendered shortly afterwards. Germany used this land to launch attacks on Great Britain. </div>
<div>May 1940</div><div>This area in Northern France was heavily wooded and Hitler was able to sneak his troops behind the Maginot Line. They made it to France's northern coast in only ten days. Here they wanted to meet with German forces in Belgium in order to surround the Allies.</div>
<div>May 26, 1940</div><div>Allied troops, surrounded by German troops, retreat to Dunkirk. Here, Great Britain sends all kinds of sea vessels to rescue the soldiers. Under heavy German fire, they carried 338,000 soldiers to safety. </div>
<div>June 14, 1940</div><div>French resistance crumbles and Germany takes Paris. On June 22, 1940 France surrenders, and Germany takes the Northern half of the country. They leave it to leader Marshal Philippe Petain. </div>
<div>September 7, 1940</div><div>Germans began to bomb London to destroy British morale. New technology made it possible for Britain to fight back. This continued until May 10, 1941 when British resistance had grown so tough that Hitler called off all further German attacks. The battle in Britain gave hope to the Allies. </div>
<div>September 1940</div><div>Mussolini knew that Italy could not stay neutral for much longer. While the Germans were busy in Britain, Mussolini took his troops into North Africa, pushing the British troops down the Suez Canal nearly 60 miles. This was key to reaching the rich oil fields in the Middle East. </div>
<div>April 1941</div><div>Hitler wanted to build bases in southeastern Europe and avoid confrontation with Britain. He forced them to join the Axis Powers. Yugoslavia and Greece refused. They both fell to Nazi power in less than 20 days. </div>
<div>June 22, 1941</div><div>German tanks and aircraft push 500 miles and launch an attack on the unprepared Soviet army. The Soviets used the scorched earth strategy just like the Russians had during Napoleon's invasion. Hitler knew that if he could keep pushing into the Soviet Union, he could eventually have complete control of it. </div>
<div>September 8, 1941</div><div>German soldiers had Leningrad under siege, cutting it off from the rest of the Soviet Union. The people in Leningrad put up such a fight, Hitler had to starve them, killing nearly 1 million people. When they still would not fall, Hitler decided to launch an attack on Moscow and would not let his men retreat. Germany stepped away with nothing more than the loss of 500,000 soldiers. </div>

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