March 1936 - Rhineland was a key industrial land so Hitler wanted to invade it. He also wanted to invade Rhineland because he wanted to see how far he could test the rules of the Treaty of Versailles.
The enemy countries did not give a freak
When Austria was in an economic depression, Hitler decided to take over the country and unite the 2 countries. 99% of the population voted yes and the German annexation was officially implemented in April, 1938.
The people of Austria were happy about Hitler taking control of their country and supported his movement. The rest of the word still did not do anything about this.
Hitler now wanted to take over Czechoslovakia. British Prime Minister Chamberlain wanted to avoid war at all costs so he made a 1 page agreement that if Hitler got half of Czechoslovakia he would stop expanding. Chamberlain went home to tell everyone the good news, but Hitler invaded anyway and took over the entire country.
The people of Britain and France were pleased with this information, but only briefly. They still did not declare war.
Germany and Italy then made a political and militarial alliance and made it official through a n agreement call "the pact of steel". This officially started the Axis powers, which will ultimately include Japan.
The rest of the world did not protest this. This information didn't even make the front page of a newspaper.
Before Hitler was going to invade Poland he had to make sure Russia was not going to come aid them, so they both signed a nonaggression pact and came to an agreement to invade Poland together.
This actions finally stuck fear into the world. With 3 very strong countries joining together means that they can take over them. It was now the headliner in newspapers.
Hitler was hoping this invasion would also be overlooked, but France and Britain finally declared war and provided military aid for Poland.
millions of troops invaded Poland while bombing the Polish airfields and naval forces. He tried to say he attacked out of defense, but Britain and France weren't buying it.