The Nazi conquest of Europe began with the Sudetenland in 1938, the border districts of Bohemia, Moravia, and German speaking parts of Czechoslovakia.
The invasion of Poland brought France and Great Britain in on the side of their ally, in 1939. Ground forces of the United Kingdom were shattered the following year, along with those of her French, Indian, Moroccan, Belgian, Canadian and Dutch allies.
The hastily assembled fleet of 933 vessels large and small were all that stood between salvation, and unmitigated disaster. 338,226 soldiers were rescued from the beaches of France. Defeated, all but disarmed yet still unbeaten, these would live to fight another day.
In 1940, every major power on the European mainland was either neutral, or under Nazi occupation. The island nation of Great Britain stood alone and unconquered, defiant in the face of the Nazi war machine. In Germany, street decorations were prepared for victory parades, as…
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