Interwar years - 1919-1939 - Part 4 (Anschluss (Why did it take Hitler so…
Interwar years - 1919-1939 - Part 4
Hitler's foreign policy
Unite German speaking people
Destroy the treaty of Versailles
Make Germany "great" again
Alongside his aims, Hitler also wanted only "pure" Germany and to abolish all Jewish people.
The Saar plebiscite
The Saar region of Germany belonged to league.
In 1935, there was a promise that people could vote whether it should return to Germany or not.
90% of people voted for it to return to Germany and it really was a boost for Hitler.
In March 1936, Hitler marched troops back into the Rhineland which was against the Treaty of Versailles.
The league was focusing on Abyssinia and France refused to act without Britains help, therefore meaning they got away with it.
Hitler re-militarizing the Rhineland allowed him to slowly build up his army, ready for war.
Anschluss was basically when Hitler and Austria came together, against the Treaty of Versailles.
Why did it take Hitler so long ?
Mussolini had stopped him in 1934, but they were now allies.
The Nazi support in Austria had really grown.
How did Austria, Britain and France react ?
Most Austrians were very keen and welcoming as they felt linking with Germany would boost there economy.
The British prime minister felt Germany and Austria "belonged together", they really didn't want to go to war so they kept appeasing Germany.
What were the consequences ?
Hitler gained confidence and got access to new resources such as gold. They also had more land to grow on.
Anti - Comintern pact - 1936
Signed between Germany, Japan and Italy.
Known as the "Axis alliance".
It was an alliance against communism.
Appeasement was the policy of giving Hitler what he wanted, to try and keep the peace.
Appeasement was a bad policy for many reasons, it lost us allies such as Czechoslovakia, made us look weak and unorganized and allowed Germany to get stronger and stronger.