The day World War II began – level 2

01-09-1939

Since 1936, Adolf Hitler, the leader of the Nazis in Germany, got more and more power in Europe. Britain and France watched his activities but didn’t stop him.

The Nazis in Germany wanted to unite all German-speaking people and make one big country. Hitler planned to take over Austria. His men helped the Austrian Nazis to get power and in March 1938, Austria became a part of Germany.

In September 1938, Britain and France agreed that Germany could take parts of western Czechoslovakia which also became a part of Germany.

Poland was the next country that Hitler wanted to take over. On 1 September 1939, German soldiers came to Poland, and the worst war in history started. The war was almost six years long, and around 80 million people died.

Difficult words: since (from), unite (to bring together), take over (to take control of something)

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