How and where did Germany extend its conquests in Europe in 1940?
In 1940, Germany extended its European conquests by moving north and west with its military forces. Northwards, it occupied Denmark and Norway. Westwards, it occupied the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, and the northern portion of France, with the rest of France administered by a pro-German government.
Germany was without a doubt winning the war in Europe during the 1940's. In a short time Germany took control of France which was considered to have a powerful army at the time. Also conquered by Germany during the 1940's were, Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Norway, and Denmark. Most of Europe was controlled by the Axis Powers. Hope that answers your question. ---Nikolaus Howe---
Germany launched major offensives in Western Europe during April and May 1940. In April, 1940 Germany invaded Denmark and Norway in order to protect its shipping interests. Germany also attacked France and invaded neutral nations like Netherlands, Luxembourg and Belgium in May, 1940. France also fell in June, 1940.
Germany was without any doubt winning the war in Europe in 1940. In a short time the German Army conquered France which was previously believed to have the best and most modern army in the world at that time. Also swiftly conquered by the Germans in 1940 were Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Norway, and Denmark. Great Britain appeared to be next and prepared for a German cross-channel invasion. Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, and Ireland remained…
While the so-called phony war in Western Europe lingered, Germany's invasion of Poland in 1939 set Germany in a good position in the soon to come war in France. That's because it allowed Germany to perfect it's "blitzkrieg". What the invasion did was to uncover defects in that "blitzkrieg' and therefore make them ready for Western Europe in 1940.
Italy was part of the Axis group of countries, Italy, Germany and Japan, who signed a number of agreements between 1937 and 1940. Previous to the start of the war in Europe Italy, under Benito Mussolini, had helped the Nationalist cause in Spain alongside Germany, a proving ground for the weapons soon to be used in the rest of Europe and also invaded Albania early in 1939. When he saw how easily Germany was defeating…
Germany invaded & seized Poland-September 1939 Germany invaded & seized Denmark & Norway-April 1940 Germany invaded & seized France, Belgium, Netherlands & Luxemburg-May 1940 Germany was at war with Great Britain & France starting in September 1939. Germany launched an air attack on England during the summer of 1940 after defeating France.
June 22, 1940, France signed an armistice with Germany, which provided for the German occupation of the northern half of the country and permitted the establishment of a collaborationist regime in the south with its seat in the city of Vichy. June 22, 1940, France signed an armistice with Germany, which provided for the German occupation of the northern half of the country and permitted the establishment of a collaborationist regime in the south with…
These two powers thought they could appease Germany by letting her have her demands. This pacifism/appeasement is known as the Munich Doctrine, named after the Munich Agreement, when Britain and France allowed Germany to annex parts of Europe. The allies let Germany grow in power, even though it violated the post-WWI treaties. Once powerful enough, Germany quickly took over Poland and France before there was any time to react.
This is an opinion type question. My opinion: Without Hitler, I don't believe that the Nazi Party would have grown powerful enough to gain control of Germany. I think Hitler was the key ingredient to the downfall of 'democracy' in Germany in 1932, and the resulting World War in Europe. This is not to say that Mussolini or Stalin would not have started a war or conflict in Europe 1930's-1940's.