Presentation on theme: "HITLER’S LIGHTNING WAR. Aug. 1939 Hitler & Stalin sign a non-aggression pact 1.What did each leader gain from the secret pact? Hitler: Removal of threat."— Presentation transcript:
Aug. 1939 Hitler & Stalin sign a non-aggression pact 1.What did each leader gain from the secret pact? Hitler: Removal of threat from the east Stalin: Take over of Baltics / no German threat
Sep. 1939 Hitler invades Poland Blitzkrieg “Lightning War” - Using fast moving mechanized weapons & overwhelming force. USSR Germany 2. What strategy did Hitler use to conquer Poland?
April 1940 Hitler invades Denmark & Norway Distract the Allies & create a path to France through Holland, Belgium & Luxembourg 3. What was Hitler’s plan for conquering France?
June 1940 France Surrenders British civilians rescued Allied soldiers trapped there. 4. What happened at Dunkirk?
Sept. 1940 German Luftwaffe begins bombing British cities R.A.F. fighters & British resistance forced Germany to end the attack and focus East. 5. What was the outcome of the Battle of Britain?
Sept. 1940 Italy moves to seize Egypt & the Suez Canal Feb. 1941 Hitler sends Rommel to help Italian troops seize Egypt and the Suez Canal
6. What was the outcome of the fighting at Tobruk? In the beginning of ’42, the Brits pushed Rommel out of Tobruk. By the middle of ’42, Rommel regained Tobruk
June 22, 1941 Hitler invades the Soviet Union Terrible winters “Scorched-Earth” policy by Soviets 7. How did Hitler’s invasion compare with Napoleon’s invasion of Russia?
The turning point in the USSR The USSR was ill prepared for the German invasion. Germany pushed nearly 500 miles into the USSR as Soviet troops retreated and destroyed everything of value to Germany. On September 8, 1942 the Germans began a seize of Leningrad where nearly 1,000,000 people died, despite this the USSR never surrendered. An impatient Hitler tried to force an attack of Moscow but German troops were stalled and then the winter set in. German troops moved within 125 miles of Moscow before heavy winter set in and trapped German troops.
The Atlantic Charter The Lend-Lease Act was passed in 1941 allowing the US to lend weapons to any nation deemed vital to the US. Churchill and Roosevelt secretly met and signed a pledge called The Atlantic Charter. This upheld the principals of free trade and the right of people to self govern, it set up the beginning of an alliance between the USA and Great Britain.