Why is the German Invasion of Poland usually marked as the beginning of the Second World War?


Ad Honorem
Jan 2017
Republika Srpska
Up until Dec 7, 1941, The Second European War (yes, I know about North Africa, etc).
The war also included Indians, Australians, Canadians, New Zealanders, Senegalese etc. So it included troops from every continent, was fought on multiple continents even if we exclude the Sino-Japanese war and was fought on pretty much all oceans. It really cannot be described as merely a European war.
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Forum Staff
Aug 2016
I interpret the book title "The Last European War" as either a prediction that Europe will never go to war again or that there had not been a European war between WW2 and the book's publication. In this case last means most recent. The emphasis should be on Last, not European.
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