WH – Events Leading Up to WWII

Article from The History Place, “World War II in Europe Timeline”

Discussion Question: Look up a battle during WWII and describe the statistics and other information concerning the battle. Everybody needs a different battle so make sure you have that figured out before you start.


28 thoughts on “WH – Events Leading Up to WWII

  1. England and France were both in the middle of depressions. They had also just gotten done with World War One. WWI had been the deadliest war in British and French history. The idea of war wasn’t popular in those two countries, so they kept telling Hitler that what he was doing was okay. They did tell him just not to do anymore. They kept letting him do more and more in hopes that eventually he would just stop and they wouldn’t have to go war.

  2. They did not invade Germany because they did not want to break the rules of the treaty. They did not want to put themselves in harms way for invading a country. They also did not want to be kicked out of the league of nations. If that happened they would have a lot more enemies.

  3. I think the reason why France and Britain did not want to get involved right away was because since there was so much hardship going on at the moment, they didn’t want to create any more on their people. They sort of put it off and didn’t really see what the Nazis and Germany were doing. It hadn’t been that long since WWI, and I think the countries didn’t want to get involved if it wasn’t “necessary”. Germany could manipulate the Treaty, and find ways around it to their advantage. If they got involved sooner, maybe it wouldn’t have escalated so quickly and Germany would’ve been under control.

  4. The British government felt that they wouldn’t have the support from their population because most of them favored Hitler. They knew how large Hitler’s army was and they didn’t want to do anything until they absolutely had to. Many people wanted to stop Hitler but they wanted peace even more. They thought Hitler was gong to do one thing then he went off and did another. They gambled poorly.

  5. France and Britain did not want to invade Germany, because they did not want to start another World War. World War I was very devastating and caused many countries to go into depression. It took a very hard toll on everybody involved, and they did not want to go through that all again. France and Britain tried telling Germany to stop violating the Treaty of Versailles, but Germany kept doing it. After Germany violated the Treaty of Versailles six times, France and Britain declared war on Germany, starting World War II. I believe that if France and Britain wouldn’t have tolerated Germany’s violations, and would have invaded Germany after the first violation, World War II would have never started.

  6. Both Britain and France process to mobilize their armies was incomplete. The British forces were unable to get a full scale offense. They both feared of a bigger war because they just got done with World WarI. They were both going through depressions, and the idea of war was not popular. They didn’t react fast to Germany violating the Treaty of Versailles because they didn’t know what the outcome would be.

  7. They didn’t attack because they were afraid of putting their country into more debt and more pain they just got done with the first war and didn’t want to go into another war and start fighting right a way and hurt their country and loose even more people in their country so they tried their best to stay neutral for as long as possible which ended up being 4 years total

  8. England and France were both already in a depression. They didn’t want to make their countries economy even worse. There was so much hardship that a war would just make it so much worse. I, also, think they didn’t get involved because they were afraid. They knew that Germany was capable of a lot of things and didn’t want to ruin themselves more than they already were ruined.

  9. They didn’t invade Germany because the people of France and Britain had already experienced World War I, and they didn’t want to experience that again. Also, WWI was very expensive and they didn’t have enough money for another large war.

  10. First after their experience with World War I the French plan for a future war with Germany- was to start with a good defensive strategy. They build the Maginot Line across the border with Germany and expected to be able to counter any German invasion with their remaining forces.
    The French were not as advanced as the Germans in terms of tactics and equipment so they lost.
    The French expected an invasion would quickly grind to a halt and turn into a WWI style stalemate.
    Next was the issue that the French and British respected Belgian and Dutch neutrality and without the support of these nations no offensive could be launched

  11. Nate M.-
    GB and France probably did not initiate anything between Germany when they initially broke the rules of the Treaty of Versailles because of their economic trouble. GB and France were both recovering from WWI and did not have the funds or troops to send into Germany. Also, the people of those countries were highly against another war. The people were still devastated from WWI and were not in the mood for another war. They may have also underestimated the power of Germany and Hitler. They may not have known everything that was going on in Germany.

  12. Britain and France didn’t want to go to war with Germany. They probably weren’t ready in the first place. Germany was breaking all these rules, but Britain and France didn’t want to. They just had to deal with World War I, so both of the countries wanted to get back to normal. They really didn’t know how to react with Germany because they thought there would be a bad outcome if they started something to quickly.

  13. France and Britain did not invade Germany because they didn’t want to start another World War. They didn’t want to stir up things between the countries and break the treaty they signed. World War I was harsh and hard, and no one really wanted to go through what they went through during World War I again.

  14. First off, their economy was bad. The stock market crashed and Germany wasn’t paying back their dues so even if they wanted too, they wouldn’t have a good chance of defeating Germany. France and Britain also had very many people who had lived through World War I and had seen the effects of the war. Therefore, they did not want to get into another huge war. Also since Germany was allies with Russia, France and Britain might not only be fight Germany but Russia also.

  15. Their economy was bad so they were afraid that Germany would win if they started a war. The people of France and Britain had just finished fighting Germany in the first world war and they didn’t want to do it again. Germany wasn’t paying back their war debts. The stock market crashed. Germany’s army was becoming larger and they had become allies with Russia. Therefore, if France and Britain invaded Germany they would have to fight Russia as well.

  16. They did not attack because they were not financially stable yet to be in a war, because they were still recovering from WWI. People didn’t want to be in another world war because they recently got out of WWI. France and Britain did not believe that they wouldn’t have many allies if they invaded Germany. The governments also wanted to try to keep peace.

  17. World War I had just ended not to long ago and they didn’t want anything to happens so they just decided not to. The Germans also had better technology and tactics. Neither France or Britain were ready to invade Germany.

  18. the france and the birtain did not have a another war with Germany.because the france and the birtain they do have a they didn’t they not have a war.

  19. They didn’t invade because they were both in a depression due to a crashing stock markets and their governments were weak. Great Britain didn’t want the rules in the treaty to be broken so they didn’t want to fight France and they didn’t want to start another war.

  20. Britain and France did not invade Germany because they did not want to be involved in another war. Their economy was also bad so they probably thought they would lose real easy if they went back to war. World War I was horrible and the countries did not want to go threw that again.

  21. France and Britain didn’t invade Germany because they saw another world war taking place. They had just gotten out of the catastrophic first world war and didn’t want to fight Germany, yet again. Their people felt very strongly against war and were highly opposed of any sign of war. France and Britain were also facing domestic hardships that didn’t allow them to build up their army to compete with Germany. They saw Germany’s army becoming bigger and they feared they wouldn’t be able to take them down the second time.

  22. Why did not France and Britain invade Germany, when Germany initially deviated from the Treaty of Versailles?
    France and Britain did not invade Germany because they thought it would cause another world war. The first world war caused many deaths and was very devastating. When Germany was breaking the rules of the Treaty of Versailles, France and Britain were too scared to get involved and say anything because they didn’t want to cause another war. When Germany continued to break the rules, France and Britain decided to say something.

  23. Hitler was elected to be the ruler of Germany. He was elected because he promised the people of Germany a better life and said Germany would be a better place itself. They were suffering and their country was not a good place to be for them and they needed a savior.Hitler was also a violent person so some of them were also scared of him. Some people also voted for him because he knew what he wanted and to seemed to be powerful. Soon 100,000 people were following him. Natzis were the largest political party in Germany so more people would keep joining to be a part of it. Soon Hitler took away freedoms and became very controlling. He started concentration camps and killed millions of jews.

  24. Britain and france had already been in world war I and were going through a depression already. They didn’t want to invade Germany because they didn’t want to start another world war. They also weren’t sure if they would have very many allies after.

  25. The battle for brittany took place between August and october 1944. After breaking out of the Normandy beach head in june 1944, Brittany was targeted because of it’s naval bases at Lorient, St. Nazaire and Brest. U-boat and surface raiders had used these bases, despite a bombing campaign by RAF, and the Germans had launched ‘Operation Cerberus’ from Brest in 1942. So their capture have ended any concerns that the Allies might have had about their potential further use. They would also prove very useful to the Allies as they needed as many ports as they could to land the vast amount of supplies their men needed. The total number of american soldiers that died was 4,410.

  26. The Battle of the Bulge took place in Belgium, France, and Luxembourg. The belligerents in the Battle of The Bulge ere United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Belgium, Luxembourg, Free France, and Germany. The Battle of The Bulge was a German offensive campaign launched against the allied-forces in the Ardennes Mountains of Belgium, France, and Luxembourg. The battle dated from December 16, 1944 – January 25, 1945. From America 19,000 soldiers were killed, 47,500 soldiers were wounded, 23,000 soldiers were captured or missing, and 800 tanks were destroyed. Britain another Allied force had 200 soldiers killed, 969 soldiers wounded, and 239 military personnel missing. The axis-forces which was Germany in this battle had 67,200 to 100,000 men killed, missing, captured, or wounded. 600 German tanks and assault guns were destroyed. Hundreds of German aircraft were also destroyed during the Battle of Bulge. There were around 3,000 civilians killed during the battle. The Allied-Forces initial strength at the beginning of the battle was 83,000 men, 242 tanks, 394 artillery pieces. Once the Allied-Forces reinforcements came 10 more infantry divisions came, 9 armored divisions came. The reinforcements also consisted of 610,000 American soldiers, 55,000 British soldiers 4,155 artillery pieces, 1,616 medium tanks, and 6000 Aircraft. The axis forces initial strength was 200,000 men, 340 tanks, 1,600 artillery pieces, 955 mounted rocket launchers. The German reinforcements were quite smaller than the allied forces reinforcements. Germany reinforced with 100,000 men, 440 tanks, and 2,400 aircraft.

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