I just completed reading some primary source material from German enlisted men (NOT officers or typical spokesmen) on WHY they fought. These are the survivors, mostly in their 70-80s now. Germany was plundered after WWI, with huge German minorities now under control in Poland, Czechoslavakia, Austria, France. They were abused and discrimated against. So Germany, as Hitler took control, began to help liberate these persecuted groups. Got the nations (and big backers like England and France) to help in returning these groups to German control. Sudetenland Czechoslovakia Austria No resistance. No intervention by the big powers. Finally, Sept 1, 1939 German troops marched into Poland to liberate their countrymen. It was not until Sept 3 that England and France declared war on Germany. They were astounded! They assumed they were just liberating their countrymen. Only THEN did Germany declared war on them. So WWII was NOT Germany's fault! Anyone ever heard that logic before? I was absolutely stunned.