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September-October, 1939

#1: German Invasion of Poland

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Hitler's invasion of Poland. a direct violation of peace terms established by the League of Nations, started WWII.

May-June, 1940

#2: German Invasion of France

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After successfully invading Poland, Hitler turned his attention to France. Wanting to reclaim German territory lost at the Treaty of Versailles, the Nazis invaded northern France. This led to the fall of the French government to the Germans, and the establishment of Vichy France.*For the link below, start at "German Strategy"

July-October, 1940

#3: Battle of Britain

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After successfully invading France, Hitler turned his attention to Britain, who had entered the war to aid France. The Germans took to the skies, utilizing their Luftwaffe, in an attempt to invade Britain.

June 1941-January 1942

#4: Operation Barbarossa

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Though Germany and the USSR had signed the Nazi-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact, Hitler violated the agreement when he began Operation Barbarossa. His desire to invade the Soviet Union was furthering his plans of increasing the Soviet empire.

August 1942 - February 1943

#5: Battle of Stalingrad

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As part of Operation Barbarossa, the Nazis attempted to push further into the USSR by taking over Stalingrad. However, as Russian winter set in, it was devastating for the German troops.

June 6, 1944

#6: Invasion of Normandy/"D-Day"

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The largest amphibious military landing in history, the Allies launched an assault on German-held France. "D-Day", as it became to be known, was the key to Hitler's defeat in Europe.

December 1944 - January, 1945

#7: Battle of the Bulge

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The final battle on the march to Berlin, the Battle of the Bulge solidified Hitler's surrender to the Allies. The Allied troops fought through a brutal winter to take Berlin.