The Sudetenland Crisis And Munich Agreement 1938

Since most of the border defense was in the area ceded as a result of the Munich Agreement, the rest of Czechoslovakia, despite its relatively large stockpiles of modern weapons, was totally open to further invasion. In a speech at the Reichstag, Hitler expressed the importance of the occupation for the strengthening of the German army and found that Germany, through the occupation of Czechoslovakia, 2,175 cannons and cannons, 469 tanks, 500 anti-aircraft artillery guns, 43,000 machine guns, 1,090,000 military rifles, 114,000 pistols, about a billion small arms ammunition and 3 million anti-aircraft ammunition. This could arm about half of the Wehrmacht. [93] Later, Czechoslovak weapons played an important role in the German conquest of Poland and France, the latter of which prompted Czechoslovakia to visit the Sudetenland in 1938. [32] When Hitler found out, he replied, “Does this mean that the Allies agree with the Prague agreement on handing over the Sudetenland to Germany?” Chamberlain replied, “Exactly,” to which Hitler responded by shaking his head, saying that the Allied offer was insufficient. He told Chamberlain that he wanted Czechoslovakia to be completely dissolved and its territories redistributed to Germany, Poland and Hungary, and told Chamberlain to take or leave them. [32] Chamberlain was shocked by this statement. [32] Hitler continued to tell Chamberlain that, since his last meeting on the 15th, the actions of Czechoslovakia, which Hitler claimed belonged to assassinations of Germans, had made the situation unbearable for Germany. [32] As threats from Germany and a European war became increasingly evident, opinions changed.

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