Second World War History Logo

On September 1st, 1939, Adolf Hitler's Germany Army elements crossed into neighboring Poland to officially begin World War 2. The event forced British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain to formally declare the United Kingdom at war with Germany. Hitler's forces used a combination of fast-moving armor and fast-reaching airborne tactics to put the hapless Poles on the defensive. The method of warfare was dubbed Blitzkrieg - or "Lightning War" - due to its highly-effective coordinated attacks via land and air. To add to the Poles problems, the Soviet Union, now apparently in a loose alliance with the Germans, launched their own invasion from the east to help divide the once sovereign nation in two - the spoils of war between the victors. The rest of the globe would now watch and await the fallout from these brazen events now engulfing the European mainland - a fallout soon destined to overtake the world.