how did hitler take over the sudetenland?
and when did he invade it?
- 1 decade agoBest Answer
To amplify the earlier, correct answers, it was in 1938, and Hitler had read the British and French leaders (Neville Chamberlain and Edouard Daladier) very well, in that they would do anything to avoid another war. Using the abobe-mentioned ethnicity of the Sudeten population as an excuse, Hitler threatened war if Germany was not given the Sudetenland. France and Britain told the Czechs that they would not honor their alliance with Czechoslovakia unless Hitler was given this territory. This was truly no chioice at all, because al the Czech natural defenses and fixed fortifications were in the Sudetenland, and even with the Sudeten defenses, Czechoslovakia could not have repelled a German invasion without allies. Everyone pretty much knew that the loss of the Sudetenland was the death of Czechoslovakia, but Britain and France did not care.
- 1 decade ago
In response to the increasingly vocal demands of both the Hitler and representatives of the Sudeten German population, British prime minister Neville Chamberlain and his French counterpart, Édouard Daladier, met separately with Hitler in mid-September 1938. As a result of these meetings and Hitler's aggressive posturing, both the French and British agreed to hand the Sudetenland to Germany (note that the Czech government was not even consulted in this; it was merely informed of the agreement after the fact). However, Hitler then went further and demanded not only annexation but immediate German military occupation of the territory (the intention being that the Czech military would not have time to organise defensive positions along the new border before Hitler had the opportunity forecfully take control of the rest of Czechoslovakia). The British and French again gave in to Hitler at the Munich Conference of 29 September, and the Munich Agreement – the most infamous symbol of the disasterous policy of appeasing Hitler – was signed that night as a result. German forces moved to occupy the Sudetenland at the beginning of October.
On his return from Munich, Chamberlain would declare that the Munich Agreement represented 'peace for our time'. However, within just 6 months German troops would have marched into the rest of Czechoslovakia, dismembering the country and apportioning its territory to the Reich, Hungary and even Poland. Abandoned by Britain and France, the Czechs had little choice but to accept this process; it is ironic that the efforts of the appeasers to quell Hitler's megalomania would serve only to encourage him.
- 1 decade ago
he didn't invade, the british negotiated with czechoslovakia to give the sudetenland to germany to prevent war in 1938. the sudetenland had a majority german-speaking population, and hitler argued that it was rightfully part of germany, and he would "liberate" it from czechoslovakia by force if necessary.
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- RubymLv 71 decade ago
I believe he was given it by Neville Chamberlain the Britsh PM in 1938. It had a lot of German speaking people, it had once been part of the Austrian empire. He used that excuse to get it, I think saying German speaking people were oppressed there by the Slavic people. He hated Slavic people almost as much as he did Jewish people. His hatred was totally irrational.
After he got the German speaking area called Sudetenland he wanted all of Czechoslavakia and invaded it, without war starting in early 1939. The next invasion, Poland, was met with resistance and started WWII. He also claimed German speaking people in Poland were persecuted by the Poles, which was not really true.
- BilboLv 71 decade ago
Marched in and took it over in 1938 - Czecholslovakia could do nothing to stop the Nazis and the other European states behaved reprehensibly at the Munich Summit. Of course it would only be a matter of time before virtually all mainland Europe would be in the same pickle.
- 1 decade ago
I think he was given the Sudetenland to appease him - probably early 1940s.
- SA_MannLv 41 decade ago
Because he was a political genius.
He took over in 1-10-1938.
Here's actually a medal on a dealers site that commemorates the occupation.
- Jim LLv 71 decade ago
He marched in (late 1938) according to the terms of the Munich Agreement and the locals loved it.
- 1 decade ago
a long time ago