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SecondWorldWarHistory.com provides a timeline-based approach to understanding World War 2 (1939-1945), one of the most memorable wars of the 20th Century. The included timelines offer a concise look into the significant (and those seemingly insignificant) events making up the greatest conflict of the modern age. Events are showcased in consecutive order by day of the week, date of the month and war year as they happened. This then provides the reader with a clearer picture of what encompassed the globe during this particular period of recorded history.

Germany Invades Poland

On September 1st, 1939, Adolph 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.