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Germany Invades Poland, Begins World War II

German forces unleashes their lightning war (blitzkrieg) on Poland, beginning on Sept. 1, 1939, plunging the world into another World War. The German conquest of Poland would be completed in just 27 days. Send to a Friend |

Hitler and Germany's Path to War

Since taking power in January 1933, Adolf Hitler systematically prepared Germany for a war of conquest, finally starting World War II with the invasion of Poland on September 1, 1933. Send to a Friend |

Ramstein Air Show Disaster Kills Scores

Three Italian jets from the Frecce Tricolori demonstration team collided and the wreckage fell into the crowd during an air show at Ramstein Air Force Base in West Germany. Including the three pilots, 75 were killed and 346 seriously injured. Send to a Friend |

Molotov-Ribbentrop Non-Aggression Pact

The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, named after the Soviet foreign minister Vyacheslav Molotov and the German foreign minister Joachim von Ribbentrop, was an agreement officially titled the Treaty of Non-Aggression between Germany and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and signed in Moscow in the early hours of Aug. 24, 1939 (but dated Aug. 23). Send to a Friend |

East Germany Splits Berlin With Wall

Started on Aug. 13, 1961, the government of East Germany built a wall cutting off West Berlin completely from surrounding East Germany. The wall stood until 1989, preventing nearly all defections from East Germany to West Berlin and subsequently other Western nations, though that was not officially the wall's purpose. The communist government, in naming the Wall the "Anti-Fascist Protection Rampart," sought to imply that West Germany was still under Nazi rule. Send to a Friend |

Video Archives - August 2016