What territories did Germany lose after World War 2? [MAP]

World War 2: territories did Germany lose. the entire territory from the Atlantic to the Don was under German occupation

Germany in 1937.
Germany lose after World War
Germany in 1937.

The scales are broken.

Germany before the start of the Nazi conquests was one of the largest states in Europe. With a population of 68 million, its territory of 468 787 km² extended from the coast of the North Sea to Memel (now Lithuanian Klaipeda). However, by 1939 the Hitler Third Reich had seriously expanded from 468 to 633 thousand km²

Section of Czechoslovakia in 1938.
Germany loses after World War.

During World War II, Hitler painted for himself all the captured lands. Thus, by 1942, the entire territory from the Atlantic to the Don was under German occupation. Fortunately, not for long.

Occupied by the Third Reich and its satellites.
Occupied by the Third Reich and its satellites.

“We shared an orange”

By 1945, no one doubted the victory of the Soviet people over Nazi Germany. Like the Big Three (Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin) , which had agreed in advance on the division of Germany within the borders of 1933. It was divided into 4 occupation zones: English, American and French – in the west, and Soviet – in the east.

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Germany lost World War 2

Germany 1945-1949.
Germany 1945-1949.

In addition, the territory east of the Oder River (the current Polish-German border) was supposed to be given to Poland. And this is 114 thousand km² + 8 million Germans evicted from primordially German lands The Soviet Union pinched another 15 thousand km² in the form of the Kaliningrad region. And such cities as Königsberg, Breslau and Stettin are now called in the Slavic manner.

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Thus, the territory of Germany after the Second World War decreased by more than a quarter with the loss of large industrial and agricultural centers established for centuries. War is an ungrateful undertaking, moreover, ruinous.