WW2 Start: Friday, September 1st 1939 is considered to be the date WW2
(World War II) start in the European theatre. It was this Friday that the German
army attacked Poland without a formal declaration of war (something
required under international law).
later on Sunday September 3rd, Great Britain, France, Australia, New
Zealand and India declared war against the German Reich.
The start of WW2 in the Pacific theatre is more
controversial, since there were several separate, smaller wars which
escalated. The second Sino-Japanese war (also known as the China-Japan
war), which began on July 7th 1937, can be considered the first.
WW2 Start - Where and When -
How does a
war start? After the first border crossing? After the first act of
violence? After the first declaration? There were already a lot of
dispatches prior to the beginnings of WW2 reporting border
violations, assaults and other incidents. Examples include the radio
station at Gleiwitz and the border town of Bytom.
WW2 start? While the date of the war is non-controversial, the
exact location where the first shots were fired is controversial, with
bombardment of the Polish garrison in Westerplatte (WW2 Aircraft)
Polizisten (German home guard) and SS-led attack on the Polish post
office in Danzig
starting hour of WW2 is usually given as 5.40 or 4.45 local
WW2 Start - Command -
responsible for the command that launched WW2? The Supreme
Commander of the Armed Forces, Adolf Hitler issued the order to his army
to attack Poland on August 31st 1939 (Germany
WW2 Start - Facts and Dates -
information about WW2 start:
* July 7th
1937: Japan invades China, starting the second Sino-Japanese war,
creating the first possible theatre of war for WW2
Dispatches concerning aggressive skirmishes on border towns like
Gleiwitz and Beutler suggest that war is coming
1st 1939: Germany invades Poland (the start of WW2 - controversial)
3rd 1939: Great Britain, France, Australia, New Zealand and India
declare war on the German Reich (U-boats WW2)
* WW2 in
Europe starts either at the Polish Post Office in Danzig, or the Polish garrison stationed in Westerplatte.
starting time of the war is either 4.45 or 5.40 local time but this is
disputed (see text)
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