War Makes for Strange Bedfellows – A Second World War timeline
"Only in firm co-operation with a Great Russia will Germany have the chance of regaining her position as a world power"
- Hans von Seeckt, February 1920
“If for fear of making an alliance with Russia we drove that country into the German camp we should have made a mistake of vital and far-reaching importance"
- Lord Chatfield, May 1939
There is no doubt that the Second World War has defined both the last half of the twentieth century and the beginnings of twenty first. The war’s sheer brutality and scale left the world reeling in its wake, and with the advent of the atomic bomb a new fear descended across the world, that of Mutually Assured Destruction. In the aftermath of WWII, the world became divided into two ideologically-based camps who rarely see eye-to-eye except in the view that the other side was a plague upon the earth and following the other’s destruction, a heaven on earth would emerge under their leadership.
How this state of affairs came to be is still a topic of historical discussion, but it can be traced back to a few events in late 1939 that set the world on course for destruction as it had never seen before.