After the Russian revolution Hitler believed Russia was in prime condition to

After the russian revolution hitler believed russia

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and enslave/exterminate its people. After the Russian revolution Hitler believed Russia was in prime condition to be taken over. Hitler’s views were obvious because he had written them in Mein Kampf. Although circumstances sometimes forced him to contradict his core beliefs, he maintained them nonetheless. German Rearmament Germany’s Rearmament had been ongoing secretly for years, but now Hitler believed it was time to make it public. He chose to do this based on the Allied powers earlier reactions to his actions. He realized the Allies wanted to maintain the peace without conflict. Eventually Britain appeased the Germans when they signed the Anglo-German Naval Pact which allowed the Germans to build up their navy. The Allies believed if the Germans were satisfied, then they would be content and no conflict would ensue. Appeasement If European powers satisfied the reasonable demands of an unsatisfied state, then that state would be content with what they have received, and stability would be maintained. Occupation of the Rhineland March 7, 1936 Because Hitler was convinced the Allies would not use force, German forces walked into the Rhineland and took it. The French would not act without British support, and the British saw it as a reasonable act since the Rhineland was theirs to begin with. The German people saw Hitler as a courageous leader who wasn’t afraid of restoring Germany to its former glory. Annexation of Austria British prime minister, Neville Chamberlain, was a strong supporter of appeasement. He made it clear to Hitler in 1937 that he would not oppose him as long as it was peaceful. Hitler threatened Austria with invasion and struck a deal with them. He marched his troops into Austria under the basis of helping restore order. Once he was there he annexed it. Britain and France once again did nothing. Hitler began to see the Allies with contempt because of their weakness. Sudetenland and Czechoslovakia Hitler began to threaten with a World War if Czechoslovakia did not give up the Sudetenland (home to over 3 million ethnic Germans). The Sudetenland contained Czechoslovakia’s heaviest defenses and industrial resources. He only did this, because by now he knew neither France nor Britain would react. Hitler was given what he wanted by the Allied powers. He assured them that these were the last of his requests. At the same time he prepared his armies for an invasion of Czechoslovakia. Invasion of Poland, 1939 After Hitler took over Czechoslovakia the Allies realized this was no longer a return of German lands. Hitler was now actively taking over another sovereign nation. Hitler began to ask for Polish lands, and the Allies promised to protect Poland if Hitler invaded. The allies knew they were not in a good position to assist Poland, so they began to negotiate an alliance with Russia, but Hitler beat them to it. To everyone’s surprise he made an alliance with Russia. Secretly the deal would split Poland in half to Germany and Russia. Germany invaded, and the Allies declared war.

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