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On September 1, 1939 Germany invaded Poland, sparking World War II. A million and a half German troops invaded Poland along the Germany-Poland border. At the same time that soldiers marched across the border, Germany bombed Polish airfields and attacked the Polish naval forces, which were located in the Baltic Sea.
The invasion came just one day after the Gleiwitz incident, in which the Nazis fabricated an attack by the Poles and then used it as a reason to invade the country. Adolf Hitler then claimed that the invasion was a totally defensive action. But Britain and France didn’t fall for the staged aggression, and declared war on Germany two days later. The real reason Hitler wanted to take control of Poland was for “living space” for the Germans, and Hitler wanted to turn the residents of Poland into slaves.
World War II lasted just six years, and yet it became the deadliest war in human history with up to 85 million people killed.
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