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This Web site is intended for enthusiasts of World War II, a period now far behind us. The text has been written
using our own judgement and should be easily understood by everybody. The reader is taken back in time and feels
that he was actually present when the events took place, a new and compelling way of experiencing the events
of World War II. Every possible care has been taken to ensure that the facts are presented accurately,
although new developments could of course shed new light on the matter. Every such work as The World at War,
history of WW 1939-1945 is an attempt to walk the tightrope between the fullest possible and the most accessible
description of the period. Our aim has been to provide a basic source of information for these vastly important
and often misrepresented years, enabling students to orient themselves rapidly or the general reader to browse
through the entries following a theme by use of the cross-references. The chronologies, too, have been designed
for this dual purpose. However, we are very confident that this story will make a contribution to history,
a contribution which will benefit mankind in the future.
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Never has there been a war that could have been avoided more easily than the one
that has just destroyed (1939 - 1945) whatever was left of the world after the
previous confrontation (1914 -1918).
When World War II began in 1939, Germany was the aggressor, it was later
joined in June 1940, by Italy, and Japan in December 1941.
The war against Japan was fought over two-thirds of the world's surface, with America and her allies taking part in vast air,
land and sea battles. It turned WW II into global conflict and ended it with the drawning of nuclear era.
Together they formed
the major Axis nations, each had their strenghts
From 1900 until the late 1930's the armies of the world believed that massed infantry charges, heavy artillery, and static defenses could
dominate and control any battlefield. But on the morning of September 1st 1939, the world was forever changed as Germany invaded Poland and executed
its first "Blitzkrieg" or "Lightning attack", quickly crushing Polish resistance. And the entry of France and Britain into the conflict on 3 September, marked not so much the beginning of a new war as opening of a more intensive phase of a war that already in progress. A possible opinion was that it had never stopped at all during the years since 1914. A more moderate view, might take the outbreak of the Spanish revolt in July 1936 as the starting point. But to any informed observer it was at least clear that the struggle had waged, bloodlessly but with growing intensity, for a considerable period before the resort to armed hostilities.
From 1939 to 1945, Germany's military machine struck out and conquered most
of Western Europe, swept into deserts of North Africa
and drove deep into
the hinterlands of Russia. In time, however, the Allies gathered strength and
eventually crushed the German Army and Axis powers with a display of
brute force that has remained unmatched to this day. What started out
as a war based on military technical tactics and blitzkriegs,
later became a war reliant on industry and mass production.
The western offensive has learned the German much, though they will not remember all the lessons.
They have seen the movement of heavy armoured vehicles, and the battlefield tactics they could employ,
significantly reduced by unhelpful terrain and the most modest of road obstructions; columns of such machines
have also often been badly delayed by human traffic, in the form of fleeing refugees. With command of the air and
relatively light resistance, however, the Blitzkrieg technique has been proven; the tempo of advance has been
unprecedented and, indeed, caused its own, unforeseen logistical problems. But the success of the Battle of France
may have proved to be the Germans' undoing for they expect future battlefields to be equally susceptible to these
techniques and when this proves not to be the case some of its finest commanders will be found wanting,
their one-dimensional approach not being effective in defence or retreat.
Furthermore, the rapid defeat of France has focused Allied minds. Had they been able to hold their ground for longer,
old strategies might have been clung to and new equipment might not have been urgently demanded.
For the French, the last weeks have been a chastening experience. Their industry has broken all manufacturing records
to keep the armed forces suppilied, but political foresight and military resolve have been absent. It is indicative that their
air force ends the Battle of France with more aircraft than when it started, thanks to that manufacturing spurt accompanied
by the logistical failure to deploy what was available.
The deeds of the Japanese extremists and of Hitler and Mussolini, which led up to martial conflict, are the positive points
of the story, but they are not more of it than the negative points, the ability of democracy to understand the
nature of peace and to cope with the swelling flood of aggression.
Peace itself might have been preserved if men of good will who were leading the democracies had also been men of good sense. It would make a poor understanding of the world crisis if these failures were not continually borne in mind.
Victory won over evil, we have still not found peace or
safety and we are still in the grip of dangers which are even worse than the
ones we have survived. I seriously hope that a careful consideration of the past
may show us the way in the years to come, that it will enable the new generation
to make up for the errors (against animals and wildlife too, not only people)
committed in the past and that they will thus be able to rule this vast, rapidly
developing world, in accordance with the needs and the dignity of mankind, with the
help of all the numerous new technological developments at our disposal, such as
nuclear energy and electronics, and all their benefits.
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The best WW II site 2013,
The best site 2011 is chosen by me, Wilfried Braakhuis, and my friends of Elite Engineer Publishing,
Jan Willem Westra en Arnoud Zuidema.
We found the presentation of this elite site at the Internet very valuable, and therefore I
would like to bestow the 'Państwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau' site with the best
WW II site 2011 in the category history WW 1939-1945; the murder of minority races.
Państwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau;
This Museum site is about concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, a symbol of terror, genocide, and the Holocaust.
The camp Auschwitz-Birkenau became the site of the greatest mass murder in the history of humanity, which was committed
against the European Jews, blacks, many other minorities and POWs as part of Hitler's plan for the complete destruction of that people.
Strategy of the War,
There is a lot of bad information about the war. Some of it was done during the War to confuse the
enemy, some of it was done after the War to protect reputations, and some of it is just sloppy research and writing.
The Military aspects,
This is an apolitical page dealing with the military aspects of the WW II only and nothing more,
does not support any political thought and no support should be assumed.
I would like to thank the following people, who have provided invaluable
assistance in preparing this home page:
Jan Willem Westra
(translation, publishing), research assistance of Arnoud Zuidema
(historical research) and others.
To all go appreciation and thanks.
We should furthermore like to thank all the very many others that have made a
site on World War II.
These are invaluable as a reference to our site. So if you have any comments
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Associate Professor of History University of Twente.
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Whoever lights the torch of War in Europe can wish for nothing but chaos.
Adolf Hitler, May 21 1935