Build up to war - 7 steps to world war 2

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Rearmament (1933 )
What did Hitler do?
In 1933, Germany left the Disarmament Conference and The League
From 1933, Germany began rearming secretly
From 1935, Germany began rearming publicly
In 1935, Germany made a naval deal with Britain to build its navy to 35%
of the British Navy

Warships Aircraft…

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go back to Germany. In 1935, the League held the promised plebiscite. The
result was an overwhelming success for Hitler, 90% of the population voted to
be under German rule.

The result
For Hitler: -It was a real morale boost for Hitler, made him look very

For Germany: -Makes…

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anything else. France refused to act without British support as they didn't
know how weak the German army still was. Hitler's gamble paid off.

The result
For Hitler: -He sent troops into the Rhineland, now looks great
-Much more confident (BAD THING)

For Germany: -Pleased because the country looks strong…

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of the Nazi troops, 99.75% voted for Anschluss. Hitler managed to take over
Austria and break the treaty again with no confrontation from Britain or France.

The Result
For Hitler: -Success, he has united Austria and Germany, he has
allowed self-determination for Germans
-Gained the Austrian army and resources


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Chamberlain (GB Prime Minister) got Hitler to sign an agreement saying he
wouldn't ask for anymore territory.

The Result of the Munich Conference
France: -Concerned that Germany are stronger

Britain: -Happy, they have stopped a bigger problem

Germany: -Happy, Hitler is fantastic; he has expanded Germany with no wars


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On September 1st 1939 the German army invaded Poland from the West. On
17th September Soviet forces invaded Poland from the East. Poland soon fell.

If Hitler had been planning ahead at all, then in his mind the next move would
be an attack on his temporary ally, The USSR.…


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