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A snapshot of the summary - World War 2
1 Diplomacy and battle
When was war declared on Germany by the French and English?On September 3rd, 1939
Why did they declare war on Germany?31-8-1939. Germain radio news mentioned that Polish soldiers had killed a number of Germans and that they had destoyed the broadcasting station. A few hours later the German army invaded Poland. Hilter blamed Poland and he was lying.
Why was Hitler lying?The night before, some S members had put on Polish uniorms and had let some concentration camp prisoners near the radio station and murdered them with deadly injetions.
What has Hitler written in Mein Kampf?That he would have Germany rule over Europe. He would found the Third Empire that would exist for t thousands of years'. In a 'war of races'he would destroy the Soviet Union and conquer lebensraum for the Germanic race that would reach behind the Urals.
What did he do after he took power in 1933 and in 1936?H immediately started largescale re-rearmament. Tewo years later, he started building up a fleet and air force and introduced general conscription. In 1936, he sent troops to the Ruhr area.
All of this was against the Treaty of Versailles but France and Great Britain did nothing, why?- French did not dare to act on their own
- British were too busy with their colonialemire and the economic crisis
- They found 'Versailles' too harsh and many were satisfied with Hitler.
- They found fine that Hitler fought communism
What did Hitler do in 1936?He made an alliance with Mussolini: the RomeBerlin axis. Hitler also became an ally of Japan.
What did Hitler mean by heim ins reich? How did he do so?- He wanted to unite all Germans in a German empire.
- He blackmailed Austria in 1938, made an Austrian nazi the government leader and Austria became German leader.
(the west did nothing)
Hitler was encouraged by the West doing nothing, so what happened with Sudetenland?- demanded Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia (which was the only democracy in Central Europe and an ally of France)
-France and Britain seemd to be willing to defend the country
- In September 1938 they gave in (it looked like diplomacy had won)
How did it became clear that appeasement didn't work?A few months later, nai Germany occupied the rest of Czechia and Slovakia became a German vassal state.