Hitler acts carefully to not arouse suspicion from Britain and France as they are currently weak and without allies.
This pact was done cleverly to promote the idea of Germany wanting peace while weakening France's influence in Eastern Europe.
Hitler supports Benito Mussolini's takeover of Abyssinia, despite opposition from Britain and France.
Hitler signs an Anti-Comintern pact with Japan, aimed against the USSR (Soviet Union)
Despite Rhineland being in Germany, the Germans where banned from using it for military purposes.
Italy joins the Anti-Comintern pact forming the Rome-Berlin-Tokyo Axis
Hitler and Stalin announces they had an agreement not to fight each other. Hitler had enticed Stalin with a promise of half of Poland.
Hitler is ready to invade Poland and regain the Polish corridor for Germany.
Britain and France declare war on Germany after the attack on Poland. The attack on Poland is called 'Blitzkreig' or lighting war for it's speed.
Germany begins 'Operation Barbossa', send 4.5 million soldiers in to conquer the USSR before winter.
Japan attacks the US military base of Pearl Harbour with the intention of taking the US out of the war before they joined. This was unsuccessful and instead provoked the US into joining the war.