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  • Hitler invades Poland on September one
  • Women help win the war
  • France and Great Britain guarantee the integrity of the borders of the Polish state.
  • Britain and France declare war on Germany two days later. On this day German forces bombard Poland on land and from air as Hitler looks to recover from the damage. Their was extensive bombing early on to destroy the enemy's air capacity, railroads, communication line, and munitions dumps.
  • Attack on Pearl Harbor
  • As men joined the military, millions of women around the world replaced them in essential war industry jobs. British and American women served in the armed forces in many auxiliary roles.  A French woman helped downed Allied pilots escape to safety. Soviet women help served in combat roles.
  • The Holocaust
  • The French, promised the Poles that in the event of German aggression against Poland, France would launch an offensive against the Germans.  This promise was sealed in a solemn treaty signed between Poland and France. Unfortunately, when Germany attacked, Poland was almost totally and completely betrayed by its democratic friends. French troops made a brief advance toward the Siegfried Line on Germany's western frontier and immediately stopped upon meeting German resistance.
  • D-Day
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  • General Tojo ordered a surprise attack. Japanese airplanes bombed the American fleet at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. The attack took the lives of nearly 2,400 people and destroyed battleships and aircraft. On December 11, Germany and Italy, as Japan's allies declared war on the United States.
  • Since 1945 the word has taken to a different meaning. The mass murder of about six million Jews by the German Nazi regime. Jews were an inferior threat, to the German racial purity and community. Holocaust survivors and other victims of human rights abuses, genocide or other catastrophes.
  • The Allies launched a surprise invasion of Normandy in France, the largest amphibious or land and water, invasion in history. More than 156,000 Allied troops crossed the English Channel. Thousand of troops landed on beaches, fighting and clawing their way up the steep cliffs under heavy German fire.
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