The War Expands

World War II: Blitzkrieg

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The War Expands

World War II in Europe from the fall of Poland to Stalingrad (20 January 1942)

Historical Map of Europe & the Mediterranean

Beginning in December, a Russian counterattack pushed the German army back from Moscow. Meanwhile on the other side of the globe, Japan launched a surprise attack on the U.S. fleet at Pearl Harbor. Hitler quickly moved to support his Japanese allies by declaring war on the Americans.

Main Events

Soviet Winter Counter-offensive

Japan attacks U.S Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor

Germany declares war on US

Claiming that US President Franklin Roosevelt has repeatedly violated all rules of neutrality, noting in particular his "shoot on sight" order, Nazi Germany declares that it is in a state of war with the United States of America

Wannsee Conference between senior Nazi officials decides on 'Final Solution to the Jewish question'

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