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Class Notes 2/12 HIST 0187 - World War II in Europe
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Date Created: 10/15/15
WWII IN EUROPE NOTES 212 Czechoslovakia 0 Sudeten German Party 0 Led by Konrad Henlein o Agitated in Czechoslovakia capitalized on con ict and ethnic turmoil by creating publicity about the victimization of the German people in Czechoslovakia 0 Petition the Czech government to give the Sudetenland to Germany refuse because Thought that France amp Russia would come to their aid Mutual Assistance Pact Sept 1938 thought for certain that war would occur in Europe 0 Munich Conference Sept 29 1938 France Germany Britain and Italy 0 To discuss what would happen to Czechoslovakia without having to go to war 0 Outcomes Stalin is disgusted that he is not invited decides that he will not help the west and starts to think of an alliance with Germany Replaces his foreign minister who is Jewish with someone else and waits Sudetenland is taken over by Germany as Hitler promises that he only wants Sudetenland and not the rest of Czechoslovakia By the spring of 1939 Hitler has taken over the rest of Czechoslovakia o Pact of Steel Hitler and Mussolini is signed at the same time 0 Britain and France realize the ineffectiveness of appeasement start to make alliances with other nations Poland Romania etc Reinstitute the draft in Britain Poland Hitler wants an excuse for war Danzig city in east Prussia is not officially a German city international city 0 Nazi party already there led by Forster o Tries to create con ict between Polish and German officials JulyAugust 1939 0 Polish officials threaten to cut off import of food stuffs as a result of this instigation Hitler portrays the image of Germans in Danzig as a minority that are now threatened by starvation 0 Needs to buy more time however because his pact with the Soviet Union is not solidi ed yet 0 Goes to the League of Nations representative in Danzig and buys time explaining to him the situation in Poland 0 NaziSoviet Pact 82 31939 is nally signed 0 Promised neutrality if the other member declared war on a third party 0 Soviet Union is promised that it would be returned all of the land that it lost in the Treaty of BrestLitovsk Estonia Latvia East Poland Finland etc 0 Germany would get the rest of Poland Beginning of the War Heydrich One of Hitler s favorites intended to be leader after Hitler s death 0 Goes to one of the concentration camps in Germany that is already in use kills several people and dresses them in Polish uniforms and plants them at the PolishGerman border WWII IN EUROPE NOTES 0 Operation Canned Meat intended to look like Polish soldiers had attacked German radio stations completely fabricated o Hitler activates one of his battleships and declares war on Poland says that Poland had red the rst shot and from now on shot would be met with shot Thought that this war would be over by 6 weeks and by then Germany would have the quotLebensraumquot that it wanted Blood and Soil in Poland Mussolini does not really want war Hitler s generals don t really either 0 War is declared Germany on Poland on September 1st 0 Poland is not prepared for war at all Has not industrialized much has not militarized so as to antagonize the Soviet Union and Germany 0 France and Great Britain declare war on Germany on September 3rd 1939 0 Changes the situation completely War in Poland 0 Many Polish soldiers escape capture by the German army and go into France Great Britain etc and ght in those armies others go on to ght in the resistance Polish Home Army 0 October 6th Germany sues for peace Hitler has accomplished all of his aims in Poland asks GB and France for peace who refuse
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