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1 The First Battles of World War II

2 What invasion caused WWII? When?Who?

3 Invade Poland War! Surrender

4 On Sept. 17, Soviet Army attacks Poland from the East (part of the secret “Nazi-Soviet Pact”) Polish Army is crushed by the German Blitzkrieg




8 Result? Poland is divided into three parts 1. Incorporated into the Soviet Union 2. Incorporated into Germany (Poles are removed) 3. General Government: Controlled by Germany, A place for the Poles to live, also used for slave labor, concentration camps and natural resources






14 S ITZKRIEG –T HE P HONEY W AR S ITZKREIG MEANS : W ARFARE MARKED BY A LACK OF AGGRESSION OR PROGRESS.  Rather than attacking Germany, the British and French prepare for WWI style battles  They rely on fortifications & trenches and simply wait for the Germans to attack first  Germany uses this time to go after the weaker countries of Europe  They capture Norway, Holland, Denmark and Belgium  The Nazis oppress these people install dictatorships

15 The Invasion of France Ardennes Forest M AY 12 1940 W HEN ?

16 R ESULT OF I NVASION France surrenders – Northern France is controlled by Germany, Southern France is still controlled by the French in exchange for becoming and ally of Germany (The Vichy Regime) {Germans play puppet with Vichy/Southern France}


18 T HE M IRACLE OF D UNKIRK After the French surrendered, the British Army was outnumbered and retreated to the coast city of Dunkirk. The odds of making it to England successfully? NOT GOOD


20 T HE M IRACLE OF D UNKIRK British army got men from Dunkirk to England (using the English Channel): Picked up soldiers and fought off Germans. The British Army was saved from destruction!

21 Fun Facts

22 During the thunderous applause following his famous ‘We shall fight on the beaches’ speech to the House of Commons in 1940, Winston Churchill whispered to a colleague, “And we’ll fight them with the butt ends of broken beer bottles because that’s bloody well all we’ve got!” Fun Facts

23 When photographer Yousef Karsh took a photo of Winston Churchill, Yousef took the cigar straight from Churchill’s mouth and thus the facial reaction of the this photo…

24 Winston Churchill, after being told that he could not drink in front of Saudi King due to the King’s religious beliefs, said “my religion prescribed an absolute sacred rite smoking cigars and drinking alcohol before, after, and if need be during all meals and the intervals between them.” Fun Facts

25 Lady Astor, the first female British MP, was constantly at odds with British PM Winston Churchill. During a debate, she declared that if married to him, she’d have poisoned his tea. Churchill responded ‘Madam, if I was your husband, I would drink it.’ Fun Facts ThugLife


27  Poland is taken by the Nazis and the Soviets  The Nazis capture most of western Europe  The Nazis defeat France and France is forced to join Germany  The British Army is saved at Dunkirk and Britain promises to fight to the end  Winston Churchill is awesome!

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