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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
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
threatening to turn the Mediterranean into an Axis
lake with the conquest of Egypt. In the Pacific, Japan
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
to the task of retaking German-occupied Europe...
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