World War 2 Begins-William Chapter 10-Lesson 1

A lot of dictators were rising across the world, one of which from Europe started this entire war! The USA and Europe were also going through depressions.

This is Europe. Germany, Spain, Japan, Russia, and Italy were ruled by evil dictators. These dictators (besides Spain) made up the Axis Powers. At the time, Britain and France made up the Allies.

Benito Mussolini was the dictator of Italy. In 1922, he, and the Fascism Party, marched into Rome and took control of the government. In 1925, Mussolini had complete control over Italy.

This is Benito Mussolini, dictator of Italy.

Hideki Tojo was the prime minister/dictator of Japan. He was made prime minister on October 17, 1941 and was the 40th prime minister of Japan. Tojo led the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941 which caused America to join the war.

This is Hideki Tojo, prime minister/dictator of Japan.

Joseph Stalin became the leader of Russia's Soviet Union, a communist country, in 1924. In 1941, Adolf Hitler told Stalin to stay out of European affairs. He disagreed, so Germany invaded Russia that same year. This made Stalin leave the Axis Powers, and he joined the Allies.

This is Joseph Stalin, leader of the Soviet Union.

Francisco Franco became the dictator of Spain by leading a rebellion that lasted from 1936-39! This was called the Spanish Civil War. Franco asked Hitler if Spain could join the Axis, but he was rejected and never joined them. He ordered 50,000 men to fight along side Germany, though.

This is Francisco Franco, dictator of Spain.

At the end of WW1, Germany was blamed for the war, and had to rebuild the destruction and pay millions of dollars. One man promised a better life for the German's. His name was Adolf Hitler. He became dictator of Germany in 1934. In 1939, Germany invaded Poland, which caused Britain and France to declare war on Germany. World War 2 had begun. Hitler blamed the Jews for Germany's economic state, so his final decision was to wipe them out...completely. This movement was called the Holocaust. By April 1945, Hitler knew he was going to lose the war. Then, he heard about the execution of Mussolini. Hitler and his wife, Braun, committed suicide by shooting themselves the day after their wedding, on April 30, 1945

This is Adolf Hitler, the dictator of Germany, and the most evil man in history


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