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"You only have to kick in the door and the whole rotten structure will come crashing down." - Adolph Hitler

On September 1st, 1939, Hitler's Army crossed into Poland to mark the start of World War 2. The event forced the British, French and others into war. Hitler's forces used fast-moving tactics to put the hapless Allies on the defensive. The rest of the world now awaited the fallout from the events engulfing Mainland Europe - a fallout soon destined to overtake the globe.
Events of 1939: Powers On-the-March
The beginning of the war was officially marked by the German invasion of neighboring Poland in September of 1939 - the Soviets would join in soon after.
Events of 1940: Losses Begin to Mount
1940 went on to prove that the old guard of European leadership was not up to the task of a new war on the continent despite preparations.
Events of 1941: The Titans Awake
The German reversal against the Soviets coupled with the entry of the United States into the war undoubtedly changed the outcome of the conflict.
Events of 1942: A War for All Fronts
No corner of the world was left untouched by the conflict that began in Europe - a second World War was officially underway, proving just as bloody as the one before.
Events of 1943: The Script Rewritten
The Allies - with their combined manpower, firepower and industrial base - were now able to claim several victories to change the course of the war for good.
Events of 1944: Beginning of the End
In one of the more critical years of the war for the Allies, success on the battlefield - and over it - ensured shrinking territories for the remaining Axis powers.
Events of 1945: Berlin to Tokyo
The war in Europe ended in May while the Japanese Empire capitulated in August - marking the end of the horrible and years-long global conflict.
Brutal Statistics of a Brutal War
With no corner of the globe immune to the fighting, the numbers related to the war would reach epic proportions with many generations left affected by its outcome.