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After establishing Nazi control of society, Hitler turned his attention to aggressive territorial expansion.
Germany withdrew from the League of Nations in October 1933 because it was in violation of the Treaty of Versailles.
When Hitler drafted a military in March 1935, Britain, France, and Italy issued a joint protest and warned him against future actions.
The united front against Hitler quickly formed.
In order to avoid war, Britain granted everything Hitler asked for.
Many powerful British conservatives were against Hitler.
They believed that Hitler could be used to stop Soviet communism.
The Treaties of Versailles and Locarno were violated by Hitler in March 1936.
Without British support, France would not move.
Hitler found allies when Britain and France appeased and the Soviet Union watched developments suspiciously.
Ethiopia was attacked by Mussolini in 1935.
The League of Nations and the Western Powers condemned Italian aggression.
The Rome Berlin axis was established in 1936 by Italy and Germany.
Japan joined the alliance in order to get support for its occupation of Manchuria.
The Soviet Union provided Spain's only official aid in the fight against Franco.
Hitler moved forward with his plans to crush Austria and Czechoslovakia as the first step in his long-contemplated drive to the east.
Hitler forced the Austrian chancellor to put local Nazis in control of the government after threatening Austria with invasion.
Austria became a province of Greater Germany after the German armies moved in.
Hitler demanded that the Sudetenland be turned over to Germany.
Again, appeasement triumphed.
The British prime minister flew to Germany three times in fourteen days.
The French agreed with Hitler that the Sudetenland should beceded to Germany.
Czechoslovakia gave in to the Western Powers.
Hitler brought ethnic Germans into the Nazi state and then turned on the Slavic peoples, whom he had always hated.
He prepared for an attack on Poland in September 1939.
In March 1939, Hitler's armies occupied the rest of Czechoslovakia.
There wasn't a reason for self-determination for Nazi aggression.
When Hitler used the question of German minorities in Danzig as a pretext to confront Poland, Chamberlain declared that Britain and France would fight if Hitler attacked Poland.
Hitler pressed on despite the warnings.
Hitler and Stalin signed a non-aggression pact in August of 1939.
If the other became involved in war, each dictator promised to remain neutral.
On September 1, 1939, Poland was attacked from three sides by the Ger.
The Second World War began.
Hitler's ambitions were so great that World War II and World war broke out.
The Nazi soldiers had huge successes in Europe.
Tensions in Asia between Japan and the United States were heightened by Hitler's victories and prompted Japan to attack the United States.
Britain, the United States, and the Soviet Union banded together to stop the invaders.
The Nazi and Japanese empires were short-lived.
The Soviet Union invaded Poland and the Baltic states in a matter of weeks.
The armies of France and Britain were expecting a war of attrition and economic blockade.
The Nazi lightning war began again in the spring of 1940.
As Hitler's armies poured into France, aging marshal Henri-Philippe Petain formed a new government and accepted defeat.
Italy was an ally of the Soviet Union and Hitler ruled most of western continental Europe by July 1940.
Britain remained unconquered thanks to the leadership of Winston Churchil.
Germany needed to gain control of the air to prepare for an invasion of Britain.
British airfields and key factories were attacked by Ger man planes during the Battle of Britain.
Hitler began bombing British cities in an attempt to break the British's sense of self-esteem.
The people of London dug in and the British aircraft factories increased production.
Hitler gave up his plans for an invasion of Britain by September after Britain beat Germany in the air war.
The map shows the extent of Hitler's empire before the Battle of Stalingrad in late 1942 and the subsequent advances of the Allies until Germany surrendered on May 7, 1945.
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