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How World War II Began At daybreak on the first day of September 1939 the people of Poland awakened to vital news A force of tanks guns and countless soldiers from nearby Germany had torn across the countryside and were making a total invasion of the Poles homelands Germanys actions on that fateful morning ignited a conflict that would spread like a wildfire engulfing the entire globe in a great world war This scenario is many peoples idea of how World War II started In reality the whole story is far more detailed and complex The origins of war can be traced as far back as the end of the first World War in 1919 when the Treaty of Versailles placed responsibility for that terrible war all on Germany Years later in the Far East Japanese ambition for territory led the nation to invade Manchuria and other parts of nearby China causing hostilities to flare in the Pacific Rim Great Britain the United States and many other nations of the world would all be drawn into battle in the years to come and each nation had its own reason for this huge rage of war Although Germany was the major player in World War II the thoughts of war had already been started in the Far East years before conflict in Europe began On September 18 1931 the powerful Japanese military forces began an invasion of the region known as Manchuria an area belonging to mainland China This action broke non-aggression treaties that had been signed earlier Japanese generals without the consent of the Japanese government also carried it out After all of this no one was ever punished for the actions Soon after the assault on China the Japanese government decided it had no choice but to take over Manchuria By the next year the region had been completely cut off from China Ienaga 60-64 Because of the Japanese offensive in China the League
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