10 Events Leading Up to the Outbreak of WWII

  • Hitler becomes Chancellor of Germany

    Hitler becomes Chancellor of Germany
    His Nazi Party, or the Third Reich, takes power and Hitler is essentially the dictator of Germany.
  • Italian invasion of Abyssinia

    Italian invasion of Abyssinia
    Italian dictator Mussolini attempted to expand the Italian Empire in Africa by invading Ethiopia. Italy invaded wihtout a formal declaration of war. On March 31, 1936, the Italians won the last major battle of the war, the Battle of Maychew. Emperor Haile Selassie fled into exile on May 2.
  • Germany moves into Rhineland

    Germany moves into Rhineland
    Germany violates some contents of the Treaty of Versailles by militarizing the Rhineland. Under the treaty, Allied forces would occupy the Rhineland for fifteen years.
  • Spanish Civil War

    Spanish Civil War
    Led by Francisco Franco, the Spanish Civil War Begins. Germany gives support to Franco, who represented the Nationalist faction during the war.
  • Axis Powers is formed

    Axis Powers is formed
    The Axis Powers is formed. Germany signs a treaty with Italy and Japan. The alliance would later be the main evil side during WWII.
  • Japan invades Manchuria

    Japan invades Manchuria
    The invasion was launched by the bombing of many cities in China.The latest, which began on 22 and 23 September 1937, called forth widespread protests culminating in a resolution by the Far Eastern Advisory Committee of the League of Nations.
  • Annexation of Austria

    Annexation of Austria
    Nazi Germany completes the Annexation or incorporation of Austria. Austria was the first country to be annexed by Hitler’s Germany.
  • The Munich Agreement

    The Munich Agreement
    British Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlin gives Adolf Hitler Sudetenland ( a part of Czechoslovakia) in exchange that he would make no further territorial claims in Europe.
  • Italian invasion of Albania

    Italian invasion of Albania
    Rome delivered Tirana an ultimatum on March 25, 1939, demanding that it accede to Italy's occupation of Albania. King Zog refused to accept money in exchange for a full Italian takeover and colonization of Albania. So, Mussolini's troops invaded Albania.
  • Invasion of Poland

    Invasion of Poland
    Germany and Poland were on fairly good terms until late 1938, after Munich, when Germany proposed that Poland allow Germany to take control of the largely German city of Danzig and join as a junior partner in an alliance against the Soviets. Poland refused and Hitler began planning an invasion.