Ideas of the Nazis<br />After conquering Czechoslovakia it was evident that Hitler´s next target was Poland.He had convinced himself that neither Britain nor France would risk themselves to protect Poland, but he was not so sure about the USSR.Hitler had openly stated his interest in conquering Russian land, he denounced Communism and punished communists in Germany. His aim was to sign the Nazi-Soviet Pact to conquer Poland freely and then conquer Russia more easily.<br />
Stalin wasworriedabout the Germanthreat<br />Britain and France =<br />POWERLESS TO STOP HITLER OR HAPPY FOR HIM TO TAKE OVER EASTERN EUROPE<br />
Stalin continuedwith the idea of signing a pactagainst Hitler<br />In 1939 the threecountriesmet (France, Britain and USSR)<br /><ul><li>Chamberlain wasreluctanttocommit Britain.</li></ul>He thought Britain and France madethingsworsebygivingPoland the guaranteethattheycoulddefendHerifinvasionhappened. <br />Chamberlain meantbythis a warningto Hitler. = Stalin sawit as a supportforone of the mostimportantenemies the Soviet Unionhad. <br /><ul><li>Negotiationsbetween Britain, France and the USSR continuedthrough the spring and summer of 1939.</li></li></ul><li>Nazi-Soviet Pact<br />By the summer of 1939, Hitler had plans to invade Poland. He realized that to invade Poland mighcause Britain to attack him from the West but he was more concerned to avoid a Russian attack from the east. Therefore to avoid a war on two fronts, he arranged the Nazi-Soviet Pact, which said that if either country went to war the other would remain neutral.<br />Hitler gained the chance to invade Poland with a war on one front, if Britain supported Poland.<br />Stalin of USSR gained time to rearm in case Hitler attacked him later, and the chance to gain the eastern half of Poland. This would provide the USSR with a bufferzone.<br />
Whydid Hitler and Stalin joinforcesiftheywerearchenemies?<br /><ul><li>Stalindid’t trust that Britain and France wouldresistGremany.
HitlerthoughtitwouldbeeasiertoattackPolandwith the USSR’shelp.</li></li></ul><li>The response of Britain and France<br /><ul><li>They had not resisted German rearmament in the 30s.
They were very concerned about the incredible progress of Hitler.
France signed a treaty with the USSR, that said that France should defend the Soviet Union from any attacked from Germany.
The League became less strong with the great progress and power of Hitler’s and Mussolini’s invasions.
Their great threat and concerned was Communism, but in same way they like the idea of a strong Germany as a force to fight Communism.
They were not able to stop Hitler, even worse, they did not want, because they had other higher priorities = ECONOMIC PROBLEMS that they were still suffering from the effects of the Depression.
France & Britain gave Poland a guarantee that they would defend it if it was invaded.</li></li></ul><li>The Pactwasperhaps the pinnacle of Hitler’striumphs<br /><ul><li>Germany’sarmyinvadedPolandfrom the west.