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1 Aggressors on the March

2 1931 – Japan Invades Manchuria

3 March 9, 1935 Hitler announces the creation of a new Air Force and begins a military draft Hitler announces the creation of a new Air Force and begins a military draft Army is expanded from 100,000 to 500,000 Army is expanded from 100,000 to 500,000 European nations grumble, but are distracted by own problems European nations grumble, but are distracted by own problems

4 March 7, 1935 German troops occupy the Rhineland “demilitarized zone” German troops occupy the Rhineland “demilitarized zone” Great Britain and France respond with a policy of “Appeasement” – satisfy Hitler’s demand and he will be content = stability & peace will be maintained Great Britain and France respond with a policy of “Appeasement” – satisfy Hitler’s demand and he will be content = stability & peace will be maintained

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6 Invasion of Rhineland

7 Appeasement Britain & France allow Hitler to speed up military & territorial expansion Britain & France allow Hitler to speed up military & territorial expansion France & Belgium France & Belgium open to attack open to attack Strengthens Hitler’s Strengthens Hitler’s power and prestige power and prestige

8 October 1935 With Hitler’s support, Fascist Italian dictator invades Ethiopia With Hitler’s support, Fascist Italian dictator invades Ethiopia

9 1936 – The Spanish Civil War Hitler and Mussolini assist Francisco Franco in becoming dictator of Spain Hitler and Mussolini assist Francisco Franco in becoming dictator of Spain

10 Pablo Picasso’s Guernica -1937

11 October 1936: Rome Berlin Axis Hitler and Mussolini form a political and economic pact Hitler and Mussolini form a political and economic pact

12 November 1936 Anti-Comintern Pact Germany & Japan agree to a common front against communism Germany & Japan agree to a common front against communism

13 Green 1933 Orange 1941

14 1938 – Germany & Austria denounce the Treaty of Versailles Britain and France do nothing… Britain and France do nothing…

15 March 13, 1938 Hitler annexes Austria – Hitler annexes Austria – “Anchluss” = Union “Anchluss” = Union

16 September 13, 1938 Hitler demands the Sudetenland (German speaking NW Czechoslovakia) Hitler demands the Sudetenland (German speaking NW Czechoslovakia)

17 The Munich Conference – September 1938 Britain, France, Italy, & Germany meet in Munich. Britain’s Neville Chamberlain caves to Hitler’s demands allowing Hitler’s troops of occupy area – peak of “Appeasement” Britain, France, Italy, & Germany meet in Munich. Britain’s Neville Chamberlain caves to Hitler’s demands allowing Hitler’s troops of occupy area – peak of “Appeasement” Hitler promises no more demands Hitler promises no more demands

18 March 1939 - Czechoslovakia Hitler invades the rest of Czechoslovakia Hitler invades the rest of Czechoslovakia Demands the Port of Danzig in Poland Demands the Port of Danzig in Poland

19 Hitler Demands Port of Danzig

20 August 23,1939 Nazi-Soviet Nonaggression Pact Hitler wants to invade Poland so offers Stalin control of eastern Poland and the Baltic states in exchange to not to attack each other – Hitler wants to invade Poland so offers Stalin control of eastern Poland and the Baltic states in exchange to not to attack each other – September 1, 1939 Hitler invades Poland September 1, 1939 Hitler invades Poland Two days later Britain & France declare war on Germany Two days later Britain & France declare war on Germany

21 Blitzkrieg

22 Invasion of Poland

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24 Western Democracies Fail to stop aggression Fail to stop aggression U.S. – Policy of ISOLATIONISM: avoid political ties in Europe! U.S. – Policy of ISOLATIONISM: avoid political ties in Europe! 1935 – U.S. Congress passes Neutrality Acts banning loans & arms sales to nations at war 1935 – U.S. Congress passes Neutrality Acts banning loans & arms sales to nations at war


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