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.
WW2 - Short Summary -
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 ½ years in countries as far away as the Soviet Union,
Africa, Asia and America (see also WW2 Summary).
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
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.
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
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.
WW2 - A new chance? -
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