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    Re: How did WW2 start?

    Quote Originally Posted by swing_voter View Post
    Putin says it started when France and Britain allowed Hitler to annex the Sudetenland. Hitler did that, then he annex the rest of Czechoslovakia which wasn't in the agreement. This started the war.


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    The official start of WWII was when Hitler invaded Poland. Which was brought on by an agreement between the USSR and Germany to divide Poland along with their mutual non-aggression pact. Annexation of the Sudetenland and later all of Czechoslovakia certainly played into it. Then you could go back to Briton and France doing nothing when Hitler re-militarized the Rhineland in March of 1936 in violation of the Treaty of Versailles.

    The shooting war didn't start until the Poland invasion. But everything the allies, Briton and France let Hitler get away with led up to it. Gave Hitler the confidence and the will to go ahead with his plans. I do think if Briton and France had stood up to Hitler when he re-militarized the Rhineland, the whole course of history would have been change from that point on. I don't think it would have made WWII not to happen. Just put it off to several years down the road.
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    Re: How did WW2 start?

    Quote Originally Posted by calamity View Post
    Cold war was two former allies turning on each other for reasons totally unrelated to either world war. WW2 was literally a continuation of WW1, same enemies fighting each other after a brief two-decade gap.
    The US & the USSR? The USSR couldn't be categorized as a US ally - ever since WWI, the Soviets waged an unrelenting espionage operation against the US - although they focused more on the UK initially. Once they saw that the UK was in trouble in WWII, they focused more & more attention on the US.

    Certainly the Soviets resisted the Nazi invasion - what choice did they have? & the Soviets provided the muscle against the Nazis - both sides bled themselves to death, but the USSR could make up the numbers (& troops), @ least in the short run. The Nazis drained pool after pool of manpower, & they were down to old men & boys @ the end.

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    Re: How did WW2 start?

    Quote Originally Posted by swing_voter View Post
    Putin says it started when France and Britain allowed Hitler to annex the Sudetenland. Hitler did that, then he annex the rest of Czechoslovakia which wasn't in the agreement. This started the war.


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    The second world war started with the surrender of the German/Austrian forces during the 1st world war, that ultimately started the second world war.
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    Re: How did WW2 start?

    Quote Originally Posted by bongsaway View Post
    My almost father in law who is still alive at ninety six is a world war two combat veteran also. In europe.
    Thats one healthy man. What branch?

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    Re: How did WW2 start?

    Quote Originally Posted by bomberfox View Post
    Thats one healthy man. What branch?
    Army. There's actually a documentary about his unit called the 95th. If you look it up it isn't spelled it's written 95th. Four guys go back to europe years later. He will never return to europe and the man has done some traveling. He tells me stories here and there if I question him. Thankfully after so many years he holds no grudges. Even when he was in there he treated the prisoners in his charge well. He realized even back then that these other 'kids' were the sons of a mother and father just like him. I admire the man immensely.

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    Re: How did WW2 start?

    Quote Originally Posted by swing_voter View Post
    Putin says it started when France and Britain allowed Hitler to annex the Sudetenland. Hitler did that, then he annex the rest of Czechoslovakia which wasn't in the agreement. This started the war.
    Putin is partly right about this, but that isn't the only part of it. I too would blame Britain and France, but it started back at the end of WW2. President Wilson was disgusted with how Britain and France chose to punish Germany at the conclusion of WW1. A situation which left Germany ripe for the chaos which followed during the height of a global economic depression.

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    Re: How did WW2 start?

    Quote Originally Posted by bongsaway View Post
    Army. There's actually a documentary about his unit called the 95th. If you look it up it isn't spelled it's written 95th. Four guys go back to europe years later. He will never return to europe and the man has done some traveling. He tells me stories here and there if I question him. Thankfully after so many years he holds no grudges. Even when he was in there he treated the prisoners in his charge well. He realized even back then that these other 'kids' were the sons of a mother and father just like him. I admire the man immensely.
    That is very admirable!

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    Re: How did WW2 start?

    Quote Originally Posted by swing_voter View Post
    Putin says it started when France and Britain allowed Hitler to annex the Sudetenland. Hitler did that, then he annex the rest of Czechoslovakia which wasn't in the agreement. This started the war.


    Putinís Slanted Rewrite of WWII History

    Putin, for his part forgets to mention that Stalin too allowed Hitler to occupy the Sudetenland... The real begging of the hostilities came when Hitler marched into the Rhineland: the border with Franc e which according to the Treaty of Versailles was to remain demilitarized. That was Hitler's test and he got away with it. He occupied Sudetenland under the guise of "saving German nationals", many of which were Jewish and coxed to go home to be "safe", which was nothing but a trap. That is when Chamberlin came to an 'agreement' with Hitler...

    The actual shooting war started in September (15th?) when he set up a fake attack on a German radio tower on the Polish border. Poland was particularly important to Hitler due to the history of border challenges going back many many years.

    So the European war started in different stages really, all brought on by the humiliation of Germany losing the first world war. It was fodder for nationalism and propaganda.

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    Re: How did WW2 start?

    Quote Originally Posted by bomberfox View Post
    That is very admirable!
    I'll let him know, thank you and back at ya'.

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