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Germany WW2

Information Germany WW2: Before WW2 began, the social climate of Germany was influenced hugely by high unemployment rates and the impact of the treaty of Versailles.

Discontent over the terms imposed by the treaty, and the huge amounts of money and compensation to be paid contributed to a public attitude which was not averse to war. The Nazi government used this discontent to implement policies which drove Europe into war.

 

 

In 1939, Germany had a population of approximately 80 million people, of which 24.5 million were men aged between 15 and 65 years. General conscription was in force for males aged 18 and older. At the start of WW2 there were 4500000-6000000 soldiers serving in the German army.

 

 

Germany WW2 - Short Summary -

When Germany  in WW2  invaded Poland, Europe was plunged into WW2, with Germany transformed into a country at war. The rest of the world swiftly came into the war, beginning a conflict that would last for more than 5 years in countries as far away as the Soviet Union, Africa, Asia and America (see also WW2 Summary).

The initial success of the German WW2 machine during World War II was replaced by defeat. Examples of the turning tide include the Battle of Britain (1940) and Stalingrad (1943).

 

Germany WW2 - Changes -

Fundamentally, it was the entry of the United States in WW2 which changed the balance of power. Germany and Italy declared war on the United States on December 11th 1941.

With the Allied landings in Normandy (D-Day), the German Western front was crumbling rapidly. The Eastern front also came under great pressure, and ultimately collapsed. Trapped in a pincer attack on both fronts, the German Reich was unable to fight any longer, and capitulated totally on May 8th and 9th, 1945 (WW2 Timeline).

Germany WW2

After WW2, Germany was destroyed economically, its people burdened with the knowledge of the holocaust. WW2 cost 55-60 million lives, of which 7 million were German.

Germany WW2 - A new chance? -

The defeat was so comprehensive that denial in the spirit of 1918 (the end of the first world war) was simply not possible. From a historical point of view, it can be argued that this aided German efforts to democratise after the war was over.

Germany WW2 is a huge topic (WW2 History), and this article has only briefly outlined what happened in the war years. This article aimed to give readers first impressions and, hopefully, inspire them to learn more about Germany WW2.

 

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