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Germany went first. American President Roosevelt had been trying to provoke war for a couple of years but was frustrated by Hitler, who remained opposed to fighting the USA. The USA before the Pearl Harbor attack (Dec 1941) was deeply divided over the war. The USA had been duped by the British into involvement in WWI and a repeat performance was not desired by much of America. Roosevelt wanted war but did not have the political power to get the USA involved. Instead he tried various means to provoke Germany into declaring war on the USA such as arming and financing Germany's enemies, shooting at German ships, etc. Obviously, had the Germans taken similar steps against the USA, American public sentiment would have demanded war. When the Japanese attacked the USA fleet in Hawaii, a golden opportunity was presented to Hitler/Germany. At last, the USA had a real enemy that the public was willing to fight. Roosevelt's blunt attempts at provoking war with Germany would clearly take second place to the public's desire for revenge on the Japanese. Eventually, the USA might become involved in the European war, but why would Germany desire to rush things with two major combatants not yet subdued (Russia and Britain)? For reasons never made clear, Hitler declared war on the USA right after the Hawaii attacks. This gave Roosevelt the opportunity he desired and immediately the USA began major operations against German forces. Instead of the great bulk of America's military/industrial strength being applied against Japan, probably 70% to 80% went against Germany for the duration of the war. It was a major blunder by Hitler, although one that probably only shortened the war in Europe by a few months and did not alter the outcome. Germany declared war on the United states on December 10, or 11, 1941, I forget which. The U.S. reciprocated the next day. Michael Montagne

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Hitler demanded that Poland return the city of Danzig which was once a part of Germany. Great Britain and France pledged to defend Poland. On September 1, 1939, Germany invaded Poland. Two days later, Great Britain and France declared war on Germany for invading Poland.

Technically speaking New Zealand did because of the time zone its was hours ahead.

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Germany started World War II by attacking Poland, however, not after a portion of CzechSlovakia was taken peacefully by Hitler after negotiations, where Hitler stated that that was as far as they would go. Hitler, of course, is a lier. (Hard to say, but true)

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On 1 September 1939, Germany invaded Poland without a declaration of war. Britain and France had a defence agreement with Poland which stated that they would come to their aid if they were attacked. Britain and France then sent an ultimatum to Germany demanding that their troops withdraw from Poland. Germany ignored the ultimatum so on 3 September 1939, Britain and France declared war on Germany.

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It began with the Italian Invasion of Ethiopia in October 1935 in Mussolini's attempt to gain a part of Africa as a colony.

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World War II started when Germany and then the Soviet Union declared war on Poland. France and the British Empire then declared war on Germany.

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Germany and France declared war on each other an d the various treaties and allies those countries had made blew the war into full scale world war.

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