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On September 1st, 1939, Adolf Hitler's German Army elements crossed into neighboring Poland to mark the official start of 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-reacting airborne tactics to put the hapless Poles on the defensive. This method of warfare was dubbed Blitzkrieg (Lightning War") due to its overwhelming speed and effectiveness involving combined use of coordinated attacks via land and air. To add to the Poles problems, the Soviet Union, now apparently in an alliance with the Germans, launched their own invasion from the east to help divide the once sovereign nation in two. The rest of the globe would now watch and await the fallout from these brazen events engulfing Mainland Europe - a fallout soon destined to overtake the world.