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  Battles of World War II. What Happened?. Blitzkrieg- Lightning Fast War. By April 1940 Hitler conquered and occupied: Poland, Denmark, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Netherlands Quick War tactics. Battle of Dunkirk. German troops trapped Allied soldiers
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Battles of World War II What Happened? Blitzkrieg- Lightning Fast War
  • By April 1940
  • Hitler conquered and occupied: Poland, Denmark, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Netherlands
  • Quick War tactics
  • Battle of Dunkirk
  • German troops trapped Allied soldiers
  • Massive evacuation occurred from May 26- June 3, 1940
  • France surrendered June 22, 1940
  • Battle of Britain July 1940- Sept. 1940
  • German Luftwaffe attacked British Royal Air force
  • New radar used by British
  • Hitler cancels invasion of country
  • Winston Churchill- “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few”
  • U.S. reaction- neutrality
  • Public opinion vs. Hitler
  • Solution “cash and carry system”
  • 50 ships for Caribbean bases
  • Lend lease Act of 1941- $7 billion to Britain then Soviet Union
  • The Battle of the Atlantic
  • U.S. aid to Britain increases, German U-Boats concentrate on the Atlantic and stopping supplies
  • Convoys organized- US Navy escort
  • Atlantic Charter established- US and Britain agreed not to acquire new land as result of WWII
  • Germany attacks US destroyer- FDR shoot U-Boats on sight!
  • War between the U.S. and Germany seems certain… And then BAM!! Attack on Pearl Harbor
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