History WorldWarII / PreludeToWar

21st Nov '17 8:14:34 PM Dravencour
Is there an issue? Send a Message


Hitler caught wind of Mussolini's "March on Rome" and hoped to do something similar in Germany. To that end, he adopted fascism as the NSDAP's official ideology and tried to organize an uprising in Munich, which came to be known as the "Beer Hall Putsch". The coup was quickly put down by the police. Hitler was arrested and spent a year in prison, where he dictated his manifesto, ''Mein Kampf'', to Rudolf Hess. The book firmly established Nazism as a political ideology. Nazism borrowed heavily from fascism, but it placed an even stronger emphasis on the idea of race as being a defining factor. Nearly everything in Hitler's worldview boiled down to race[[note]]Or rather the more accurate German term, ''volk'', which literally translates to "folk" in English, but was more or less a hybridized concept of race, ethnic group, and nationality all rolled into one easy category.[[/note]]. Hitler believed Germany lost UsefulNotes/WorldWarI due to weaker races conspiring to undermine it. Hitler believed the WeimarRepublic was weak because it allowed these weaker races to exist. He saw the world as a duel between races, all struggling to reach the top, and he believed that the so called "Aryan" Germans were destined to win that race. Many people incorrectly believe that Hitler had some ulterior motive to the war; that he desired power or conquest and simply used Nazism as a facade to control people. This, however, simply isn't true. Hitler so fervently believed in his worldview that he sabotaged his own war effort on the Eastern Front by using valuable resources not on fighting the Soviets, but on exterminating the Jews. Trains to concentration camps were given priority over troop and supply trains. Hell, it has often been suggested that if Hitler wasn't a genocidal maniac, he may have beaten the Soviets as the beleaguered Soviet population would've supported his war effort against the tyranny of Stalin. Instead, he ordered the extermination of entire villages, essentially forcing the Slavs to support the Soviet war effort or face assured annihilation.

to:

Hitler caught wind of Mussolini's "March on Rome" and hoped to do something similar in Germany. To that end, he adopted fascism as the NSDAP's official ideology and tried to organize an uprising in Munich, which came to be known as the "Beer Hall Putsch". The coup was quickly put down by the police. Hitler was arrested and spent a year in prison, where he dictated his manifesto, ''Mein Kampf'', ''Literature/MeinKampf'', to Rudolf Hess. The book firmly established Nazism as a political ideology. Nazism borrowed heavily from fascism, but it placed an even stronger emphasis on the idea of race as being a defining factor. Nearly everything in Hitler's worldview boiled down to race[[note]]Or rather the more accurate German term, ''volk'', which literally translates to "folk" in English, but was more or less a hybridized concept of race, ethnic group, and nationality all rolled into one easy category.[[/note]]. Hitler believed Germany lost UsefulNotes/WorldWarI due to weaker races conspiring to undermine it. Hitler believed the WeimarRepublic was weak because it allowed these weaker races to exist. He saw the world as a duel between races, all struggling to reach the top, and he believed that the so called "Aryan" Germans were destined to win that race. Many people incorrectly believe that Hitler had some ulterior motive to the war; that he desired power or conquest and simply used Nazism as a facade to control people. This, however, simply isn't true. Hitler so fervently believed in his worldview that he sabotaged his own war effort on the Eastern Front by using valuable resources not on fighting the Soviets, but on exterminating the Jews. Trains to concentration camps were given priority over troop and supply trains. Hell, it has often been suggested that if Hitler wasn't a genocidal maniac, he may have beaten the Soviets as the beleaguered Soviet population would've supported his war effort against the tyranny of Stalin. Instead, he ordered the extermination of entire villages, essentially forcing the Slavs to support the Soviet war effort or face assured annihilation.
9th Nov '17 3:07:53 PM Dravencour
Is there an issue? Send a Message


[[ILied He lied.]] Not only was this followed by a lighting-fast invasion which saw the Czechs integrated into Greater Germany as Bohemians and the Slovaks being given their own, 'independent' country, but Hitler ''then'' started making claims on Poland and the "corridor" separating the bulk of Germany from the province of East Prussia, and in particular the Free City of Danzig. Poland refused because they saw Hitler's demands as a threat to their independence, citing the Danzig seaport as important to trade and losing this trade meaning subordinating themselves to the Axis and the Anti-Comintern Bloc and reducing themselves to near-servitude as their entire trade would be dependent upon Germany. Finally alarmed at this state of affairs, Britain and France declared their support for Poland and stated that any threats to Poland's independence [[ThisMeansWar would mean war]].

to:

[[ILied He lied.]] Not only was this followed by a lighting-fast invasion which saw the Czechs integrated into Greater Germany as Bohemians and the Slovaks being given their own, 'independent' country, but Hitler ''then'' started making claims on Poland and the "corridor" separating the bulk of Germany from the province of East Prussia, and in particular the Free City of Danzig. Poland refused because they saw Hitler's demands as a threat to their independence, citing the Danzig seaport as important to trade and losing this trade meaning subordinating themselves to the Axis and the Anti-Comintern Bloc and reducing themselves to near-servitude as their entire trade would be dependent upon Germany. Finally alarmed at this state of affairs, Britain and France declared their support for Poland and stated that any threats to Poland's independence [[ThisMeansWar would mean war]].
9th Nov '17 3:04:59 PM Dravencour
Is there an issue? Send a Message


[[ILied He lied.]] Not only was this followed by a lighting-fast invasion which saw the Czechs integrated into Greater Germany as Bohemians and the Slovaks being given their own, 'independent' country, but Hitler ''then'' started making claims on Poland and the "corridor" separating the bulk of Germany from the province of East Prussia. Finally alarmed, Britain and France declared their support for Poland and stated that any threats to Poland's independence [[ThisMeansWar would mean war]].

to:

[[ILied He lied.]] Not only was this followed by a lighting-fast invasion which saw the Czechs integrated into Greater Germany as Bohemians and the Slovaks being given their own, 'independent' country, but Hitler ''then'' started making claims on Poland and the "corridor" separating the bulk of Germany from the province of East Prussia. Prussia, and in particular the Free City of Danzig. Poland refused because they saw Hitler's demands as a threat to their independence, citing the Danzig seaport as important to trade and losing this trade meaning subordinating themselves to the Axis and the Anti-Comintern Bloc and reducing themselves to near-servitude as their entire trade would be dependent upon Germany. Finally alarmed, alarmed at this state of affairs, Britain and France declared their support for Poland and stated that any threats to Poland's independence [[ThisMeansWar would mean war]].
9th Nov '17 2:54:18 PM Dravencour
Is there an issue? Send a Message


[[ILied He lied.]] Not only was this followed by a lighting-fast invasion which saw the Czechs integrated into Greater Germany as Bohemians and the Slovaks being given their own, 'independent' country, but Hitler ''then'' started making claims on Poland. Finally alarmed, Britain and France declared their support for Poland and stated that any threats to Poland's independence [[ThisMeansWar would mean war]].

to:

[[ILied He lied.]] Not only was this followed by a lighting-fast invasion which saw the Czechs integrated into Greater Germany as Bohemians and the Slovaks being given their own, 'independent' country, but Hitler ''then'' started making claims on Poland.Poland and the "corridor" separating the bulk of Germany from the province of East Prussia. Finally alarmed, Britain and France declared their support for Poland and stated that any threats to Poland's independence [[ThisMeansWar would mean war]].
9th Nov '17 2:45:23 PM Dravencour
Is there an issue? Send a Message


Getting back to Europe, the Allies did nothing for a long while. This was the result of feelings of guilt and apathy. Guilt about the treatment of Germany at Versailles, and apathy because what was happening in Germany and particularly in China was in a sense none of their business—everyone remembered all too well just how that 'intervening in the [[UsefulNotes/RedOctober Russian Civil War]]' business turned out, and Japan had proven their unwillingness to listen in the aftermath of the [[InsistentTerminology Manchurian Incident]] of '31. But remember all those ethnic German majorities bordering ''The New Germany''? Hitler wanted them 'back', and that meant taking ''the territory'' 'back' -- Hitler was just as much of an irredentist as Mussolini was, and believed firmly in the concept of ''lebensraum'', a policy of settler colonialism which was a geopolitical goal of Imperial Germany back in the first World War. Austria, the Allies didn't mind so much—despite it being a violation of the Versailles Treaty, they felt they couldn't go to war to stop Germans being attached to other Germans. What's more, a post-facto poll seemed to show that Austrian-Germans wanted it [[LiesDamnedLiesAndStatistics by a margin of 99.3%]][[note]]Hilariously, at the centre of each ballot paper was an enormous circle marked "Ja". Off to the right was a circle one third its size marked "nein".[[/note]].

However, this was followed by claims on 'the Sudetenland'—territories just over the border of Czechoslovakia which held German majorities. This was a bit more difficult, as Czechoslovakia was overwhelmingly Czech and Slovak and they were unwilling to give up their border areas (which not-coincidentally held most of their fortifications and military bases). War was narrowly avoided with the signing of the Munich Agreement, a League of Nations initiative signed by Germany, Italy, France and Britain. (Czechoslovakia was notably absent from negotiations, and the Soviets were also excepted on the usual grounds that they were DirtyCommunists.) Czechoslovakia was thereby made to give up the Sudetenland to Germany, a slice of territory to Hungary and a scrap to Poland. This done, Europe and her dependencies breathed a sigh of relief—war had been avoided. British Prime Minister UsefulNotes/NevilleChamberlain (in)famously announced, ''[[NeverLiveItDown "I believe it is peace for our time."]]'' Hitler promised that this would be his last territorial demand.

to:

Getting back to Europe, the Allies did nothing for a long while. This was the result of feelings of guilt and apathy. Guilt about the treatment of Germany at Versailles, and apathy because what was happening in Germany and particularly in China was in a sense none of their business—everyone remembered all too well just how that 'intervening in the [[UsefulNotes/RedOctober Russian Civil War]]' business turned out, and Japan had proven their unwillingness to listen in the aftermath of the [[InsistentTerminology Manchurian Incident]] of '31. But remember all those ethnic German majorities bordering ''The New Germany''? Hitler wanted them 'back', and that meant taking ''the territory'' 'back' -- Hitler was just as much of an irredentist as Mussolini was, and believed firmly in the concept of ''lebensraum'', a policy of settler colonialism which was a geopolitical goal of Imperial Germany back in the first World War. When Hitler declared the ''Anschluss'' with Austria, the Allies didn't mind so much—despite it being a violation of the Versailles Treaty, they felt they couldn't go to war to stop Germans being attached to other Germans. What's more, a post-facto poll seemed to show that Austrian-Germans wanted it [[LiesDamnedLiesAndStatistics by a margin of 99.3%]][[note]]Hilariously, at the centre of each ballot paper was an enormous circle marked "Ja". Off to the right was a circle one third its size marked "nein".[[/note]].

However, this was soon followed by claims on 'the Sudetenland'—territories just over the border of Czechoslovakia which held German majorities. This was a bit more difficult, as Czechoslovakia was overwhelmingly Czech and Slovak and they were unwilling to give up their border areas (which not-coincidentally held most of their fortifications and military bases). War was narrowly avoided with the signing of the Munich Agreement, a League of Nations initiative signed by Germany, Italy, France and Britain. (Czechoslovakia was notably absent from negotiations, and the Soviets were also excepted on the usual grounds that they were DirtyCommunists.) Czechoslovakia was thereby made to give up the Sudetenland to Germany, a slice of territory to Hungary and a scrap to Poland. This done, Europe and her dependencies breathed a sigh of relief—war had been avoided. British Prime Minister UsefulNotes/NevilleChamberlain (in)famously announced, ''[[NeverLiveItDown "I believe it is peace for our time."]]'' Hitler promised that this would be his last territorial demand.
9th Nov '17 12:14:11 PM Dravencour
Is there an issue? Send a Message


Hitler was now the dictator of Germany, but he still had to consolidate his rule. By the end of the year the NSDAP had voted itself to be the only legal party in Germany, making the nation a one-party dictatorship with Hitler at its head. The next year marked the death of Hindenburg, and Hitler's combining of the Presidency and the Chancellorship into one position of power, becoming the ''Führer''. Hitler purged any "disloyal" elements remaining in the Night of the Long Knives. Special note goes to the Strasser brothers, who were the last major remaining socialist element within the party. Just a year after that, the infamous antisemitic Nuremberg Laws were passed, placing oppressive restrictions on the Jewish community, and marked the beginning of worse things to come. [[note]]Many local governments had already instituted similar laws in 1934, but the Nuremberg Laws had nationalized them.[[/note]]

to:

Hitler was now the dictator of Germany, but he still had to consolidate his rule. By the end of the year the NSDAP had voted itself to be the only legal party in Germany, making the nation a one-party dictatorship with Hitler at its head. The next year marked the death of Hindenburg, and Hitler's combining of the Presidency and the Chancellorship into one position of power, becoming the ''Führer''. Hitler purged any "disloyal" elements remaining in the Night of the Long Knives. Special note goes to the Strasser brothers, who were the last major remaining socialist element within the party. Just a year after that, the infamous antisemitic Nuremberg Laws were passed, placing oppressive restrictions on the Jewish community, community and marked marking the beginning of worse things to come. [[note]]Many local governments had already instituted similar laws in 1934, but the Nuremberg Laws had nationalized them.[[/note]]
9th Nov '17 12:13:36 PM Dravencour
Is there an issue? Send a Message


Hitler was now the dictator of Germany, but he still had to consolidate his rule. By the end of the year the NSDAP had voted itself to be the only legal party in Germany, making the nation a one-party dictatorship with Hitler at its head. The next year marked the death of Hindenburg, and Hitler's combining of the Presidency and the Chancellorship into one position of power, becoming the ''Führer''. Hitler purged any "disloyal" elements remaining in the Night of the Long Knives. Special note goes to the Strasser brothers, who were the last major remaining socialist element within the party. Just a year after that, the infamous antisemitic Nuremberg Laws would be passed, placing oppressive restrictions on the Jewish community, and would only be the beginning of worse things to come. [[note]]Many local governments had already instituted similar laws in 1934, but the Nuremberg Laws had nationalized them.[[/note]]

to:

Hitler was now the dictator of Germany, but he still had to consolidate his rule. By the end of the year the NSDAP had voted itself to be the only legal party in Germany, making the nation a one-party dictatorship with Hitler at its head. The next year marked the death of Hindenburg, and Hitler's combining of the Presidency and the Chancellorship into one position of power, becoming the ''Führer''. Hitler purged any "disloyal" elements remaining in the Night of the Long Knives. Special note goes to the Strasser brothers, who were the last major remaining socialist element within the party. Just a year after that, the infamous antisemitic Nuremberg Laws would be were passed, placing oppressive restrictions on the Jewish community, and would only be marked the beginning of worse things to come. [[note]]Many local governments had already instituted similar laws in 1934, but the Nuremberg Laws had nationalized them.[[/note]]
9th Nov '17 12:12:45 PM Dravencour
Is there an issue? Send a Message


Hitler was now the dictator of Germany, but he still had to consolidate his rule. By the end of the year the NSDAP had voted itself to be the only legal party in Germany, making the nation a one-party dictatorship with Hitler at its head. The next year marked the death of Hindenburg, and Hitler's combining of the Presidency and the Chancellorship into one position of power, becoming the ''Führer''. Hitler purged any "disloyal" elements remaining in the Night of the Long Knives. Special note goes to the Strasser brothers, who were the last major remaining socialist element within the party. Just a year after that, the infamous Nuremberg Laws would be passed, placing oppressive restrictions on the Jewish community, and would only be the beginning of worse things to come. [[note]]Many local governments had already instituted similar laws in 1934, but the Nuremberg Laws had nationalized them.[[/note]]

to:

Hitler was now the dictator of Germany, but he still had to consolidate his rule. By the end of the year the NSDAP had voted itself to be the only legal party in Germany, making the nation a one-party dictatorship with Hitler at its head. The next year marked the death of Hindenburg, and Hitler's combining of the Presidency and the Chancellorship into one position of power, becoming the ''Führer''. Hitler purged any "disloyal" elements remaining in the Night of the Long Knives. Special note goes to the Strasser brothers, who were the last major remaining socialist element within the party. Just a year after that, the infamous antisemitic Nuremberg Laws would be passed, placing oppressive restrictions on the Jewish community, and would only be the beginning of worse things to come. [[note]]Many local governments had already instituted similar laws in 1934, but the Nuremberg Laws had nationalized them.[[/note]]
9th Nov '17 12:12:07 PM Dravencour
Is there an issue? Send a Message


Hitler was now the dictator of Germany, but he still had to consolidate his rule. By the end of the year the NSDAP had voted itself to be the only legal party in Germany, making the nation a one-party dictatorship with Hitler at its head. The next year marked the death of Hindenburg, and Hitler's combining of the Presidency and the Chancellorship into one position of power, becoming the ''Führer''. Hitler purged any "disloyal" elements remaining in the Night of the Long Knives. Special note goes to the Strasser brothers, who were the last major remaining socialist element within the party. Just a year after that, the infamous Nuremberg Laws were passed, placing oppressive restrictions on the Jewish community, and would only be the beginning of worse things to come for them. [[note]]Many local governments had already instituted similar laws in 1934, but the Nuremberg Laws had nationalized them.[[/note]]

to:

Hitler was now the dictator of Germany, but he still had to consolidate his rule. By the end of the year the NSDAP had voted itself to be the only legal party in Germany, making the nation a one-party dictatorship with Hitler at its head. The next year marked the death of Hindenburg, and Hitler's combining of the Presidency and the Chancellorship into one position of power, becoming the ''Führer''. Hitler purged any "disloyal" elements remaining in the Night of the Long Knives. Special note goes to the Strasser brothers, who were the last major remaining socialist element within the party. Just a year after that, the infamous Nuremberg Laws were would be passed, placing oppressive restrictions on the Jewish community, and would only be the beginning of worse things to come for them.come. [[note]]Many local governments had already instituted similar laws in 1934, but the Nuremberg Laws had nationalized them.[[/note]]
9th Nov '17 12:08:34 PM Dravencour
Is there an issue? Send a Message


Hitler was now the dictator of Germany, but he still had to consolidate his rule. By the end of the year the NSDAP had voted itself to be the only legal party in Germany, making the nation a one-party dictatorship with Hitler at its head. The next year marked the death of Hindenburg, and the combining of the Presidency and the Chancellorship into one position of power, becoming the ''Führer''. Hitler purged any "disloyal" elements remaining in the Night of Long Knives. Special note goes to the Strasser brothers, who were the last major remaining socialist element within the party. Just a year after that, the insidious Nuremberg Laws were passed, placing oppressive restrictions on the Jewish community. [[note]]Many local governments had already instituted similar laws in 1934, but the Nuremberg Laws had nationalized them.[[/note]]

to:

Hitler was now the dictator of Germany, but he still had to consolidate his rule. By the end of the year the NSDAP had voted itself to be the only legal party in Germany, making the nation a one-party dictatorship with Hitler at its head. The next year marked the death of Hindenburg, and the Hitler's combining of the Presidency and the Chancellorship into one position of power, becoming the ''Führer''. Hitler purged any "disloyal" elements remaining in the Night of the Long Knives. Special note goes to the Strasser brothers, who were the last major remaining socialist element within the party. Just a year after that, the insidious infamous Nuremberg Laws were passed, placing oppressive restrictions on the Jewish community.community, and would only be the beginning of worse things to come for them. [[note]]Many local governments had already instituted similar laws in 1934, but the Nuremberg Laws had nationalized them.[[/note]]
This list shows the last 10 events of 91. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=WorldWarII.PreludeToWar