The Second World War broke out in September 1939 after the Polish invasion by Adolf Hitler and which caused Great Britain and France to declare war with Germany. This Second World War would last for the next six years and sadly, would cause more deaths than any other earlier wars. The Holocaust was born out of this period by Hitler in which he had 6 million Jews murdered in Nazi concentration camps. The rest of an estimated count of 45-60 million people were killed in this war. Hitler's plan had two objectives; invade the Soviet Union and the extermination of the Jews throughout the German-occupied Europe.
German forces took over Belgium and the Netherlands in a "blitzkrieg" or lightening war. After 3 days, Hitler's troops had broken through all defense barriers and the British Army realizing defeat, quickly evacuated at the end May by sea. The Italian dictator Benito Mussolini declared war with France. With France on the verge of collapse, Henri Philippe Petain with hisRead More »from History of the Second World War