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The Base Of Operations For The Buffalo Gal In  WWII

As an invasion, it was more like a parade. The Austrian people welcomed the Germans, and a month after the move, they voted by a nearly 100 percent margin to merge with the Third Reich. Emboldened by the success of his move against Austria, Hitler invaded Poland and the English and the French responded with a declaration of war. Poland fell unbelievably swiftly to the German blitzkrieg and almost the entire German army now turned its attention west.

In 1940 and early 1941 - countries fell like leaves to the Germans. Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, France, Norway, Yugoslavia and Greece were swept under the Reich in days or weeks. In the second half of 1941, German offensives were launched against Russia, quickly rolling the Soviet forces back to the suburbs of Moscow itself.  In North Africa, Field Marshall Rommel and his panzer Armee Africa were threatening to turn the Mediterranean into an Axis lake with the conquest of Egypt. In the Pacific, Japan already engaged in a slow grinding war of attrition with China, launched an attack on American forces at Pearl Harbor, bringing the U.S. into the war in the closing weeks of 1941.

Although the U.S. had vastly increased its military expenditures in the years immediately preceding its entry into the war, the country still was not prepared to wage a war that was truly worldwide in scope. Its Navy was small, its Army woefully inadequate to the task of retaking German-occupied Europe...

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