Germany Invades Poland
1939- WWII begins in Europe
By: Mariela Vazquez
In 1939, German forces bombard Poland on land and from the air, as Adolf Hitler seek to regain lost territory and rule Poland. World War 2 had begun.
At 4:45 am, 1.5 million German troops invade Poland all along its 1,750 mile border with German-controlled territory. The German Luftwaffe bombed Polish airfields. German warships and U-boats attacked Polish naval forced in the Baltic Sea. Adolf, the Nazi leader, claimed the massive invasion was a defensive action, but Britain and France were not convinced. On September 3 they declared war on Germany, causing World War 2 to began.
Impact on America
World War II had a great impact on the United States. Although no battles occurred on the American mainland, the war affected all parts of American life. It demanded more production effort to provide the materials necessary to fight. As the United States produced the weapons of war and became, in President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s phrase, the “arsenal of democracy,” the country experienced a fundamental reorientation of economic and social patterns at home that provided the template for the postwar years.
Germany Invades Poland (1939)