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fall of Berlin

Overview page. Subjects: Second World War.

(see Map 16). To Germany's opponents, Berlin was the centre of Prussian, Imperial, and Nazi militarism from which Hitler had directed his drive for European and world hegemony; hence, its...

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Lt-General Philippe Leclerc

Overview page. Subjects: Second World War.

(1902–47),

pseudonym of a French Army officer, Captain Viscount Philippe de Hauteclocque, who joined de Gaulle and the Free French in the UK after the fall of France in June ...

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Munich agreement

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‘Munich’ (the agreement signed by Neville Chamberlain and Adolf Hitler) has entered the English language as a synonym for weakness, and historians continue to debate whether it would have...

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National Redoubt

Overview page. Subjects: Second World War.

Final Nazi stronghold, so-called by the Allies who probably borrowed the phrase from a redoubt which had been organized in Switzerland. It was said to centre on Hitler's Bavarian mountain...

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Yugoslavia

Overview page. Subjects: Second World War.

A former country in south-east Europe. At the end of World War I it was formed as the Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes, from the former Slavic provinces of Austria-Hungary...

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