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Old January 4th, 2014, 09:32 PM   #1
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Simple ww2 questions ( not homework!)


I realized this is very easy but I have never been thought this, and I am interested in this I am 13 and in school they teach us only american history for now. So how did Russia end up taking over so much of Europe. I am from Bulgaria and I am interested about it. But why didn't the UK take that much, but the Soviet Union did?
2. When did Bulgaria join the Germans and why?
3. What is the difference in fascism and nationalism?
4. When did ww2 end
5. How did world war 2 and 1 start?
Haha so that is some of the many questions I have in my head that I really want to know I love history. Pls don't criticize me in any way Ahahah just thought that is so funny
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Old January 4th, 2014, 10:02 PM   #2

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Haha this is a much better start than the earlier thread, and since you've asked for simple answers I'm going to give you them, which would hopefully encourage you to dig deeper and ask some 'less simple questions':

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So how did Russia end up taking over so much of Europe. I am from Bulgaria and I am interested about it. But why didn't the UK take that much, but the Soviet Union did?
The USSR had the troops, also all these lands are between Germany and Russia, so it's only logical that they'd take these lands in order to invade Germany.

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2. When did Bulgaria join the Germans and why?
1941, they joined the Axis because of their own ambitions. (I'm not particularly well read on the lesser Axis nations, so others would be able to provide you more detailed answers, but this one should suffice for now)

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3. What is the difference in fascism and nationalism?
Of all questions this is probably the most difficult to provide a 'simple answer'... In one sense fascism describes a political structure whereas nationalism simply describes a sentiment.

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4. When did ww2 end
7/8 May 1945 in Europe,
15 August in the Pacific

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5. How did world war 2 and 1 start?
I'm simply cover the provocation of war here, none of the long term causes (and as far as WWII is concerned, the Euro-centric definition) -
WWI - Assassination of Arch Duke Ferdinand
WWII - Nazi invasion of Poland
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Old January 5th, 2014, 11:03 AM   #3
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Thank you! is the axis what the German side is called?
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Old January 5th, 2014, 11:36 AM   #4

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Yes, but it's capitalized; thus - Axis
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Old January 5th, 2014, 12:13 PM   #5
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Yes, but it's capitalized; thus - Axis
Ah, yes I will know for now.
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Bulgaria remained neutral as much as possible, when German troops were on the border the ultimatum was "with us or against us". If Bulgaria made a different choice, this would've meant destruction. Germany needed to use bases in Bulgaria and wanted to pass trough it.

This however does not excuse Bulgaria, because yeah the decisions to support the germans seemed productive, because many territories were returned to Bulgaria or rather given as a temporary administrative zones, but not annexed.
So what Archa said is true as well. Bulgaria got off lightly though, it was the only axis country that did not declare war to the USSR until 1944 when the USSR actually declared war. Until then bulgarian army was not fighting on the eastern front, and only the allied bombardment of Sofia 1943-1944 brought up destruction and civilian casualties.
The german army here did not act as occupational army, and was in fact nicer then the Red army after 1944, which by all definitions was an occupational army.
After 1944 when Bulgaria switched sides, bulgarian troops were sent in Yugoslavia, Hungary and even Austria, it reached as far as Klagenfurt where it contacted British Eight army to goal was to try and cut off the retreating german soldiers from Greece and Yugoslavia, and to win a trump card on the diplomatic table after the war, which did not work out because Bulgaria was eventually counted as a loosing side of the war, even though it lost nearly 40.000 casualties in fight with the german army.
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Thank you! is the axis what the German side is called?
Not the German side, per se. The Axis was actually a three way alliance between Germany, under Adolfo Hitler, Italy under Benito Mussolini, and Japan under Hideki Tojo. All three were supposed to be under equal footing, but Italy was by far the weakest of the three, and Germany for all purposes controlled Italy. At the same time, since Japan was in the pacific and Germany in Europe there was very little interaction between the two and there was very little that they did that could actually be called being allies.
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Bulgaria remained neutral as much as possible, when German troops were on the border the ultimatum was "with us or against us". If Bulgaria made a different choice, this would've meant destruction. Germany needed to use bases in Bulgaria and wanted to pass trough it.

This however does not excuse Bulgaria, because yeah the decisions to support the germans seemed productive, because many territories were returned to Bulgaria or rather given as a temporary administrative zones, but not annexed.
So what Archa said is true as well. Bulgaria got off lightly though, it was the only axis country that did not declare war to the USSR until 1944 when the USSR actually declared war. Until then bulgarian army was not fighting on the eastern front, and only the allied bombardment of Sofia 1943-1944 brought up destruction and civilian casualties.
The german army here did not act as occupational army, and was in fact nicer then the Red army after 1944, which by all definitions was an occupational army.
After 1944 when Bulgaria switched sides, bulgarian troops were sent in Yugoslavia, Hungary and even Austria, it reached as far as Klagenfurt where it contacted British Eight army to goal was to try and cut off the retreating german soldiers from Greece and Yugoslavia, and to win a trump card on the diplomatic table after the war, which did not work out because Bulgaria was eventually counted as a loosing side of the war, even though it lost nearly 40.000 casualties in fight with the german army.
Why did it switch sides?
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I'm simply cover the provocation of war here, none of the long term causes (and as far as WWII is concerned, the Euro-centric definition) -
WWI - Assassination of Arch Duke Ferdinand
WWII - Nazi invasion of Poland[/QUOTE]


Technically World War 2 started when Japan invaded China if you think about it because now that Japan is expanding and taking territories it may encourage Hitler and worry other nations so that's my two cents but I may be wrong as well who knows.
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I'm simply cover the provocation of war here, none of the long term causes (and as far as WWII is concerned, the Euro-centric definition) -
WWI - Assassination of Arch Duke Ferdinand
WWII - Nazi invasion of Poland


Technically World War 2 started when Japan invaded China if you think about it because now that Japan is expanding and taking territories it may encourage Hitler and worry other nations so that's my two cents but I may be wrong as well who knows.
You are right that people have suggested a few 'starting points' of WWII, ranging from Manchuria 1931 to Pearl Harbour 1941 (that's 10 years we're talking about lol), but the most commonly prescribed one tends to be 1939 when Hitler invaded Poland, as it dragged the majority of the belligerents into the war, and placed Europe at the centre stage of WWII (which is why I said I'm using the Euro-centric definition)
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