Steps to war - aggression by japan, italy and germany 1931-1939

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the outbreak of World War II

Germany claimed territory that it had lost to poland following world war I. It also rejected the danzing corridor, a strip of land belonging to poland that divided germany into two part. Hitler accepted the risk that a german invasion of poland would lead to war with france and britain.In order to ensure the neutrality of the USSR, the nazi-soviet non-aggression pact was signed in 1939. The pact included a  secret agreement to divided poland  between the two powers. Hitler demanded that poland cede the danzing corridor but poland refused. Germany invaded poland on 1st september 1939.
collaboration 
europe was supported by coolaborators within each country . These people actively assisted the nazi invaders. Some people admired nazism while others feared the spread communism. Puppet governemment were set up in some regions to promote the interests of the nazi.
resistance
there were resistance movements in most countries occupied by the nazis. These groups risked violent repression, and their activities were carried out in secret. In countries with strong communism parties, the communist plplayed a key role in organising resistance. However, in western europe resistance came from all the social sectors who were opposed to nazism. In countries whose governments collabored with the nazis there was resistance to both national authorities and german oppression. The resistance fought against the nazis in differents ways:
-some groups denounced the nazi regime by publishing underground newspapers.
-others provided information about german troop movements to the allies.
- the maquis in france and similar groups in other countries fought against occupiers. The gestapo and the SS  were the main nazi agents of terror and carried out fierce repression.

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