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Hitler’s Acts of Aggression  Defying the Treaty of Versailles 1. Hitler demanded lebensraum for the Third Reich (3 rd German Empire) 2. enlarged military.

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1 Hitler’s Acts of Aggression  Defying the Treaty of Versailles 1. Hitler demanded lebensraum for the Third Reich (3 rd German Empire) 2. enlarged military (1935) 3. sent troops to reoccupy/remilitarize the Rhineland (1936)

2 Hitler’s Acts of Aggression  Defying the Treaty of Versailles 4. annexed Austria  Anschluss (March 1938)

3 Hitler’s Acts of Aggression  Defying the Treaty of Versailles 5. Hitler demanded the Sudetenland region (western, defensive border of Czechoslovakia) where 3.5 million Germans lived

4 5. The Munich Conference A. France, Great Britain, Italy & Germany met in Munich, Germany, on September 29, 1938 to discuss Hitler’s demand B. Czechs not invited C. Munich Agreement: chose to APPEASE Hitler & gave him Sudetenland if he promised not to take anything more D. appeasement: giving in to the demands of an aggressor to avoid conflict

5 More Aggression 6. Hitler took rest of Czechoslovakia (March 1939) 7. Mussolini invaded Albania (April 1939)

6 More Aggression 8. Hitler demanded the return of Free City of Danzig (“international” city at northern tip of Polish Corridor) that they lost in WWI

7 And Meanwhile … 9. Hitler & Stalin signed Nazi-Soviet Nonaggression Pact (August 23, 1939): promised not to attack one another  top secret part of pact: Germany & USSR would split Poland after it was attacked

8 WAR! 10. Germany invaded Poland on Sept. 1, 1939 11. Britain & France finally stopped appeasing Hitler & declared war


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