The outbreak of the Second World War

The National Socialists had long and diligently worked towards the War that broke out on September 1st, 1939. On August 22nd, 1939 Hitler gathered the leading generals of the Wehrmacht at the Berghof to announce his decision to attack Poland in an informal atmosphere. When the news of the successful completion of the Hitler-Stalin-Pact had reached Obersalzberg, Hitler had a free hand.