Germany Aggression In Europe Stoked Fear Of War

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According to the article, “Germany Aggression in Europe stoked Fears of War,” it stated that on March 15, 1939, Nazi Germany invaded Czechoslovakia, breaking the agreement it had signed with Great Britain and France the year before in Munich, Germany. The invasion jolted British and French leaders and convinced them that Adolf Hitler, the German chancellor, could not be trusted to honor his agreements and was likely to keep committing aggressions until stopped by force or a massive deterrent.
In the previous year, Hitler had annexed Austria and had taken the Sudetenland region of Czechoslovakia; in March 1939, his tanks rolled into the rest of Czechoslovakia. It appeared that he was determined to undo the international order set up by the
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He also knew France and the Soviets had concluded a defense alliance several years earlier, a treaty that gave Stalin an additional reason to fight Germany if it ventured into Poland and triggered France's pledge (“Germany Aggression in Europe stoked Fears of War”)
According to the article ”German-Soviet Pact,”it stated that the Non-Aggression pact of August 23, contained a secret of rules that provided for the partition of Poland and the rest of eastern Europe into Soviet and German spheres of interest. In accordance with this plan, the Soviet army occupied and had more power then eastern Poland in the autumn of
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With German fulfillment, the Soviet Union also moved to secure its sphere of interest in eastern Europe in the summer of 1940. The Soviet occupied the Baltic states and seized the Romanian provinces of northern Bukovina and Bessarabia. After the Germans defeated France in June 1940, German diplomats worked to secure Germany’s ties in southeastern Europe. Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia all joined the Axis alliance in November 1940. During the spring of 1941, Hitler initiated his eastern European allies into plans to invade the Soviet Union. Hitler had always regarded the German-Soviet nonaggression pact as a tactical and temporary move. On December 18, 1940, he signed Operation Barbarossa, “its code name is Directive 21”, the first operational order for the invasion of the Soviet Union. From the beginning of operational planning, German military and police authorities intended to wage a war of annihilation against the Communist state as well as the Jews of the Soviet Union, whom they characterized as forming the “racial basis” for the soviet
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