WWII Timeline

WWII Timeline

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  • Hitler invaded the Rhineland in 1936 to gain back all of the natural resources it provided. He also built up an air force. Both of these things violated the treaty of Versailles.
  • Britain and France didn't do anything even though they were angered about the treaty violation. Neither of the countries were stable and strong.
  • Hitler then "invaded" Austria in 1938. There was no resistance and he was greeted with flowers. Most non-Jewish Austrians supported the annexation.
  • England and the USA expressed large amounts of dissent for this action, but still didn't do anything
  • In 1938-39, Hitler invaded Czechoslovakia despite the Munich agreement with the British and French Prime Ministers that "promised" peace.The Czech government surrendered and the country didn't exist anymore.
  • England celebrated the supposed peace agreement and thought the conflict was over. The French Prime Minister did not think it would be so simple.
  • Yay! Invasion!
  • Many worldwide newspapers did not make this a headliner, so it didn't seem very important. This left the public generally unconcerned even though it was problematic.
  • Hitler and Mussolini make the "Pact of Steel". In reality, it was an unstable alliance, but it still appeared threatening to the public.
  • Stalin and Hitler signed the non-aggression pact to avoid conflict for the next 10 years. Hitler did this because he wanted to invade Poland without conflict with Russia.
  • Countries were beginning to publicly recognize this as a threat and put in on the front page of newspapers to alert people. However, no official action was taken.
  • Early in the morning, Hitler and his troops invaded Poland. Poland mobilized troops but did not have enough power and ultimately failed. 
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