The Origins of the Second World War 1933-1939 (Lancaster by Ruth Henig
By Ruth Henig
In her research of the explanations for the outbreak of the second one international warfare, the most debatable of all old issues, Ruth Henig:· considers the long term components that ended in the warfare· check the impression of British appeasement regulations· explains the importance of yankee isolation· examines the targets of Italy, Japan and Russia.
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The French government followed suit, and similar guarantees were offered to Romania and, after the Italian invasion of Albania in the second week of April, to Greece as well. But despite the substantial rearmament that had taken place in both Britain and France, there were great problems in making the guarantees effective. How could Britain or France come directly to Poland’s aid in the event of a German attack? They could offer arms and financial help, but for how long would Poland have to fight on her own while French forces were mobilized behind the Maginot line, and the British government put together an expeditionary force to fight alongside the French?
He immediately called for new Reichstag elections and secured a 44 per cent Nazi vote by a combination of propaganda, intimidation and violence, using the full state apparatus to great effect to whip up maximum support throughout Germany. In the course of the election campaign, the Reichstag, the headquarters of the German parliament, was destroyed by a fire which Hitler immediately declared to have been the first stage of a communist conspiracy to overthrow the government and to turn Germany into a communist state.
When, with the German army mobilized, no help was forthcoming for Austria from Italy, France or Britain, Schuschnigg resigned, and German troops marched into Vienna on 12 March. Hitler returned to his home town of Linz, and declared the union of Austria and Germany. The German-speaking populations of Innsbruck, Salzburg, Linz and Vienna gave German troops a rapturous welcome. Dissident voices were soon silenced, and communists and Jews harshly dealt with. The Anschluss stirred up pan-German feelings in neighbouring Czechoslovakia where, in the Sudeten border region, there were heavy concentrations of German-speaking people.