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evnts up to wwii
Events leading up to WWII
|Hitler wants to tear up the Treaty of Versailles and make Germany a great power again
|Hitler publicly announces reintroduction of conscription which increases the size of his army.
|Hitler increases the size of the navy and builds an airforce named the Luftwaffe
|Hitler occupies the Rhineland and are greeted by cheering crowds
|Hitler secretly gives orders for his troops to withdraw if French forces attack them.
|Hitler forms an alliance with Mussolini known as the Rome-Berlin Axis
|The French do nothing about the German troops in the Rhineland because they believe his army is bigger than it is and do not want to risk another war.
|The British do nothing about the expansion of the German army or their occupation of the Rhineland because they feel that the Treaty of Versailles was too harsh.
|Neville Chamberlain follows a policy of appeasement - this was a weakness that Hitler exploited.
|Hitler forces the Austrian Chancellor to bring leading Austrian Nazis into his government. He is replaced and German troops are invited in to restore order. - Austria is annexed to Germany - crowds are enthusiastic
|Hitler accuses the Czechs of treating the people of the Sudetenland very badly - he wants them to hand it over to them.
|The Munich Conference (a meeting of Britain, France, Italy and Germany) decides that the Czechs must hand over the Sudetenland to Germany.
|Chamberlain returns to Britain and is welcomed as a hero who prevented another war.
|Hitler threatens to bomb Prague if the Czechs do not let his troops occupy Czech lands
|British and French are outraged - they fear that Hitler will target Poland next.
|Hitler demands the return of the German-speaking town of Danzig in Poland
|Alliance made between Hitler and Stalin called the Nazi-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact
|On 1 September German troops attack Poland - Britain and France demand that the Germans stop the invasion - Germans refuse and they declare war on 3 September.