Welcome to my second World War 2 Timeline article. Where I will talk about The Munich Agreement which basically is an agreement with Hitler that he can keep the area of Czechoslovakia that he claimed for himself in the Anschluss with Austria known as the Sudetenland.
The Munich Agreement
British and French prime ministers Neville Chamberlain and Edouard Daladier signed the Munich Agreement on September 30th, 1938. This agreement prevented war from breaking out but also gave Czechoslovakia to Germany which fueled their unquenchable thirst for power and land.
So in the spring of 1938, Hitler started to openly support the German-speaking population who resided in the part he conquered earlier which is the Sudeten region of Czechoslovakia. So they could be better connected and more involved and feel more integrated and just so they could have a better relationship with Germany.
Hitler had recently captured and took ahold of Austria and the government so his next step was to take ahold and capture Czechoslovakia for himself so he could be one step closer to his plan of having a “greater Germany.”
The Czechoslovakian government was expecting that Britain and France’s government would support them and send troops down to help them in case Hitler decided to attack and invade Czechoslovakia. However British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain was intent on averting war and did not allow them to send troops down to help them.
So instead Chamberlain made two trips down to Germany in September to meet with Hitler to discuss and offer some rather generous and favorable agreements. Hitler though I guess never being satisfied keep uping his demands from first just wanting parts of Czechoslovakia to a week later saying he wanted all of Czechoslovakia.
So then Britain, France, and Czechoslovakia ordered their troops to mobilize and be ready for war at any time at this point war seemed imminent. So then trying to prevent war at all costs Chamberlain and French Prime Minister Édouard Daladier went to meet with Hitler in Munich and reluctantly and forcefully gave in to Hitler demands on September 3oth.
So then as you might expect after being forced to accept this agreement Daladier hated it and he hated that we just rolled over and gave the Nazi’s want they wanted them and we just appeased them and just obliged to their orders and gave them what they wanted. On the other hand, Chamberlain was ecstatic and very pleased with the agreement that had been made.
Even staying around to sign this one-page document with Hitler which he thought was cementing in the peace between them and Germany. Then, later on, that day he flew home and gave a speech to a very jubilant and excited and happy crowd in London.
Where he praised the Munich agreement for bringing “peace with honor” and “peace in our time.” Then the following day Germany took ahold of and captured the Sudetenland part of Czechoslovakia and the Czechoslovakian government chose to give up and give in rather than being destroyed by the German Wehrmacht (German Army).
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By Bundesarchiv, Bild 146-1971-041-31 / CC-BY-SA 3.0, CC BY-SA 3.0 de, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5482605 (For the picture of Mussolini, Hitler, Daladier meeting each other)
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