Revenge played a big role in the cruelty and atrocity associated with World War II. One of the best known examples of revenge in WWII are the civilian bombings by both sides. One of the most devastating was the bombing of Dresden, Germany by the Allies on February 13th-15th, 1945.
Many believe that the bombing of the Japanese cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6th and 9th, 1945 by America, were revenge-motivated. They believe that it was unnecessary because the Japanese had already agreed to surrender. It caused the deaths of thousands of civilians and created horrific destruction. Continue reading
World War II became more brutal as time went on. The brutality was definitely not one sided, however. All countries that participated in WWII committed acts of brutality even against the most innocent civilian. Two examples of this are the Allied bombings and the German Holocaust (Final Solution).
In the Nazi party there was the belief that there were “sub-humans” in the world. According to Hitler, these consisted of several races, particularly the Jews. Hitler had the idea and the means: “Wipe out all sub-humans.” A man named Alfred Rosenberg had the theory: “…and this is how we’ll wipe ‘em out.” Heinrich Himmler, the head of the SS, executed the Final Solution.
The Final Solution was mass killing of all Jews, Gypsies, Slavs and more. Brutal? Cruel? Horrible? Yes. The Einsatzgruppen were the groups who carried out almost half of these murders. Millions of deaths of all kinds of people that were considered “enemies of the state” resulted.
The Allied (British and American) bombings, mainly on Germany, but stretching to all enemy countries like Japan Continue reading
World War II (1939-1945) began with the German invasion of Poland, and its subsequent division between the Soviets and the Germans. On the Eastern front, the war began with full-time Japanese vs. Chinese war. The Soviets then tried to invade Finland in what is known as the Winter War. They failed.
The next step was the invasion of Western Europe by Hitler and his Nazis. He invaded Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Holland and northern France. (Southern France had a government sympathetic and controlled by Hitler). The Germans also tried to takeover Britain in the Battle of Britain—an aerial battle in 1940. The Germans met with defeat in Britain. Italy then entered on the side of Hitler and took another part of France. The Germans then invaded Yugoslavia.
Throughout WWII Spain under the dictatorship of Franco remained neutral. The other countries that remained neutral throughout WWII were Ireland, Portugal, Sweden, Andorra, Liechtenstein, the Vatican City and Switzerland.
The two main events that led to the globalization of WWII were the attack on Pearl Harbor and Operation Barbarossa. Continue reading