When was the German invasion of France in World War 2?
Germany invaded France, Belgium, Netherlands and Luxemburg on May 10, 1940. France was defeated and signed an armistice on June 22, 1940.
The start of World War II was signaled by the German invasion of Poland on September 1st, 1939. Following this action, Britain and France declared war on Germany. Following this, German invaded Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands (Holland), and France. France capitulated, and Southern France was allowed to govern itself until the American invasion of North Africa during Operation Torch. German invaded Yugoslavia, and was forced to help its Italian ally when Italy invaded Greece…
This is different for all countries involved. Some significant events that could be called the beginning: Japanese invasion of China, 1931 Italian invasion of Ethiopia, 1936 Franco's coup d'etat in Spain, with aid from Germany and Italy, 1936 German invasion of Poland, and subsequent declaration of war by UK and France, 1939 German invasion of western Europe, 1940 German invasion of USSR, 1941 Japanese assault on USA, 1941
HITLER 1935 Launches open German rearmament. 1936 Sends troops into the demilitarized Rhineland. 1938 Orders annexation of Austria and Czechoslovakia’s Sudetenland. 1939 German invasion of Poland. Britain and France declare war on Germany, beginning World War II. 1940 German forces overrun Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, and France. Britain resists invasion. 1941 German invasion of the Soviet Union; forces reach the gates of Moscow, but are pushed back.