How did World War II begin?


World War II began when Germany invaded Poland in 1939. The invasion began on September 1, but the war didn't begin officially until Great Britain and France declared war on Germany.

Prior to invading Poland, Germany took over Austria and Czechoslovakia. The nations of Europe, led by Great Britain and France, hoped that by allowing Adolf Hitler, Germany's dictator, to have additional territory, that they could avoid war. Hitler, however, saw the concessions as a sign of weakness and continued his conquest of Europe.

To create a justification for invading Poland, Heinrich Himmler devised a plot in which a prisoner was taken from a German concentration camp, dressed in a Polish army uniform and shot near the border between Germany and Poland. The Germans then used the dead soldier as evidence of a Polish attack on Germany. The German army quickly defeated the Polish forces and proceeded to attack and conquer most of Western Europe, including Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway and France.

The United States entered World War II on December 8, 1941 by declaring war on Japan for bombing the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor on December 7. The U.S. entered the war in Europe when Germany declared war on December 11, 1941.

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President Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared war after the United States fleet at Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japan on December 7, 1941. The attack killed nearly 3000 Americans.
the great depression in germany made evry one desperate and they all listend to hitler when he said he could get evryone out of this jam, so they all joind the army and attaked poland
he had one which was his wife.
There are two answers to how World War II started. The first is with the Marco Polo Bridge incident between China and Japan in 1937. The second is when Germany invaded Poland in 1939
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