How Did The Munich Agreement Fail

In the spring of 1938, Hitler began to openly support the demands of German-speakers living in the Sudetenland region of Czechoslovakia for closer relations with Germany. Hitler had recently annexed Austria to Germany and the conquest of Czechoslovakia was the next step in his plan to create a “greater Germany.” The Czechoslovak government hoped that Britain and France would come to its rescue in the event of a German invasion, but British Prime Minister Chamberlain strove to avoid a war. He made two trips to Germany in September and offered Hitler favorable deals, but the F├╝hrer kept raising his demands. The American historian William L. In his article The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (1960), Shirer felt that although Czechoslovakia did not bluff about its invasion intention, it could have resisted significantly. Shirer felt that Britain and France had enough air defense to avoid a serious bombing of London and Paris and that they could have waged a quick and fruitful war against Germany. [66] He quotes Churchill as saying that the agreement means that “Britain and France were in a much worse position than Hitler`s Germany.” [61] After personally inspecting the Czech fortifications, Hitler privately told Joseph Goebbels that “we shed a lot of blood” and that it was fortunate that there was no fighting. .

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