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World War 2

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Mr Killick

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The start of World War 2
Adolf Hitler appointed chancellor of the Nazi Party in 1933 and quickly transformed the Germany into the Third Reich, a single party dictatorship.
During the summer of 1938 Germany occupies the Sudetenland along their border with Czechoslovakia. By September 21, Czechoslovakia had been forced to accept the loss of the Sudetenland.
On September 28, the British asked for a conference. The next day the Great Powers of Europe met in Munich. Significantly Czechoslovakia was excluded from the conference.
A deal was reached on 29th September and was signed at around 1.30 am on the 30th by Neville Chamberlain, Edouard Daladier, Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini.
This settlement gave Germany complete occupation of the Sudetenland by 10th October as long as Hitler promised to go no further.
After resting Chmberlain went to Hitler and asked him to sign a peace treaty between the United Kingdom and Germany, which once translated Hitler agreed.
Upon returning from the conference Neville Chamberlain gave a speech to the awaiting press about the outcome of the conference.
In March 1939, breaking the Munich Agreement, German troops invaded Prague, and with the Slovaks declaring independence, the country of Czechoslovakia disappeared.
Joseph Stalin was upset by the outcome of the Munich conference. The Soviets had not been represented at the conference and felt they should be acknowledged as a major power. The British and French, used the Soviets as a threat to dangle over the Germans. Stalin concluded that the West had actively colluded with Hitler to hand over a Central European country to the Nazis, causing concern that they might do the same to the Soviet Union in the Future.

This belief led the Soviet Union to reforming relations with Germany.
On the 23rd August 1939 in Moscow, following secret talks, the
Soviet Union and Germany sign the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact.
This was labelled a "non-aggression treaty" as neither
Germany or the Soviet Union were ready to go to war with each other.
On the 1st September 1939 German invades Poland.
Britain and France having previously warned that they would honour their alliances with Poland issued and ultimatium to Germany: withdraw or war would be declared.

At 8am, on 1 September, Poland requested immediate military assistance from France and Britain, but it was not until noon on 3 September that Britain declared war on Germany, followed by France's declaration at 5.00pm. The delay reflected British hopes that Hitler would respond to demands and end the invasion.
On the 17th September the Soviet Union joined the invasion of Poland attacking from the east. The Red Army entered the eastern regions of Poland with seven field armies and between 450,000 and 1,000,000 troops.
On October 6, following the Polish defeat at the Battle of Kock, German and Soviet Union forces gained full control over Poland.
In June 1941 Germany invaded the Soviet Union breaking the Molotov-Rbbentrop Pact signed two years earlier.
Hitler believed that the Soviet Union could be defeated in a fast-paced and relentless assult that capitalised on
the Soviet's ill-prepared state and hoped that success there would bring the Allies, Britain in particular, to
the negotiation table through fear of isolation, ending the war altogether.
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