Nessie wrote:Hitler kept on invading countries which posed no threat to Germany to impose his political system on them/gain land for lebensraum/go after the Jews of Europe.
Why even bother continuing a discussion with someone who says things like this? Evidence these assertions Nessie. Quit running on propaganda movie script fumes with this stuff you post.
The size, training and equipment of German army in 1939 meant that it was the most powerful in Europe.
"In 1939 the German Army had 98 divisions available for the invasion of Poland. Although some were ill-equipped veteran reservists, the still had 1.5 million well-trained men available for action. It also had 9 panzer divisions. Each one had 328 tanks, 8 support battalions and 6 artillery batteries.
When the German Army mounted its Western Offensive in 1940, it had had 2.5 million men and 2,500 tanks. Whereas the French Army had the ability to mobilize 5 million men, the army supported by motorized infantry units and aircraft easily secured victory."
The countries Hitler invaded that posed no military threat to him; Poland, Denmark, Norway, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Belgium. You can read about their respective sizes here
For example, the Danish army consisted of "....4,340 to the infantry, 465 to the Life Guards, 374 to the cavalry, 1,120 to the artillery, and 300 men to the engineers. On 8 April 1940 there were 6,600 conscripts with eleven month’s training service with the colours, as well as a further 2,050 non-combatants. During the German invasion part of this force was on leave, while a further seven per cent were unfit for duty."
If you want to argue that any of the countries listed could invade Germany, please go ahead. France did have an army that in size was a threat to Germany. But the tactic was defence and the Maginot Line http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maginot_Line
Here is Hitler's policy of lebensraum http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lebensraum
and what the Nazis had mapped out for the larger Germany including the lebensraum http://www.codex99.com/cartography/122.html
This is an example of how Hitler imposed his political system on other countries http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_occ ... rld_War_II
"After the success of the invasion, a German military government was established in Belgium, bringing the territory under the direct rule of the Wehrmacht. Thousands of Belgian soldiers were taken as prisoners of war, and many were not released until 1945. The German administration juggled competing objectives of maintaining order while extracting material from the territory for the war effort."
Here is what happened to the Jews who lived in the countries that the Nazis invaded. There was a plan http://prorev.com/wannsee.htm
where the number of Jews was listed
Germany proper 131,800
Eastern territories 420,000
General Government 2,284,000
Protectorate Bohemia and Moravia 74,200
Estonia - free of Jews -
France / occupied territory 165,000
unoccupied territory 700,000
and the Nazis did indeed go after the Jews by rounding them up and sending them to various concentration/death camps, for example, the Dutch Jews http://www.sobiborinterviews.nl/en/nede ... erlevenden
Tuesday 2 March 1943 1105 deportees no survivors
Wednesday 10 March 1943 1105 deportees 13 survivors
Wednesday 17 March 1943 964 deportees 1 survivor
Tuesday 23 March 1943 1250 deportees no survivors
Tuesday 30 March 1943 1255 deportees no survivors
Tuesday 6 April 1943 2020 deportees 2 survivors
Tuesday 13 April 1943 1204 deportees no survivors
Tuesday 20 April 1943 1166 deportees no survivors
Tuesday 27 April 1943 1204 deportees no survivors
Tuesday 4 May 1943 1187 deportees no survivors
Tuesday 11 May 1943 1446 deportees 1 survivor
Tuesday 18 May 1943 2511 deportees no survivors
Tuesday 25 May 1943 2862 deportees no survivors
Tuesday 1 June 1943 3006 deportees 1 survivor
Tuesday 8 June 1943 3017 deportees no survivors
Tuesday 29 June 1943 2397 deportees no survivors
Tuesday 6 July 1943 2417 deportees no survivors
Tuesday 13 July 1943 1988 deportees no survivors
Tuesday 20 July 1943 2209 deportees no survivors"
That is all basic stuff easily accessible on line and known to anyone with some knowledge of the Nazis and WWII.