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APPEASEMENT
PEACE FOR OUR TIME

In the 1938 Munich Pact British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and French Premier Edouard Daladier gave into the demands of Nazi Dictator Adolf Hitler. They did this in the hopes of avoiding war. This document is part of Chamberlain’s speech.


British Parliament’s Debate over Appeasement

This is Winston Churchill’s speech regarding appeasement.



AXIS INVASION
BATTLE OF BRITAIN--Articles

In July of 1940 Germany attacked the last standing European continental Ally Britain.


(For some background on this battle CLICK HERE . You do not need to outline this link but you might find it interesting. REMEMBER, if you read something, always list it in your bibliography!)
OUR FINEST HOUR

Churchill’s address to the House of Commons, June 18, 1940 in which he rallied the British to fight on!

(For some background on Churchill CLICK HERE . You do not need to outline this link but you might enjoy reviewing it.)

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NAZI/COMMUNIST ALLIANCE
TREATY OF NON-AGGRESSION

By the summer of 1939 Hitler had gained control of most of central Europe. However, the Soviet Union stood in the way of further conquests. This treaty of non-aggression was Hitler’s solution. He did the unimaginable, Nazi Germany made a pact with Communist Russia!


SOVIET MINISTER MOLOTOV: Reaction of German invasion of 1941
Vyacheslav Molotov (1889-1986), Foreign Minister of the Soviet Union, had signed the Nazi-Soviet Non-aggression Pact on August 23, 1939. This bought the USSR two years in which to prepare for the Nazi attack, but in the meantime encouraged Hitler's aggression against Poland. By 1941 it was the Soviet Union's turn. For years, Hitler had claimed that Germany's future living space, or lebensraum, existed to Germany's east, namely Russia. He then turned his attention toward the Soviet Union and launched a massive attack on June 22, 1941. This document is the initial Soviet reaction to Nazi invasion.
ALLIED INVASION
D-DAY

On June 6, 1944, a date known ever since as D-Day, a mighty armada crossed a narrow strip of sea from England to Normandy, France, and cracked the Nazi grip on Western Europe. This is the story of the Normandy Invasion.


FIRE-BOMBING OF DRESDEN

In the winter of 1944 and early 1945, the Allies conducted several air raids using incendiary bombs (ones designed to burn as well as explode). These bombs were dropped on German cities, including the city of Dresden. As a result of the Dresden bombing, the city was leveled and over 100,000 people died. This number rivaled the casualties at both Hiroshima and Nagasaki. A debate still rages regarding the targeting of civilians and civilian property at Dresden.




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