Hitler's Foreign Policy


First Stage: Hitler begins re-arming the German Army


Germany withdraws from the League of Nations

October 1933

Hitler acts carefully to not arouse suspicion from Britain and France as they are currently weak and without allies.

Non-aggresion pact with Poland


This pact was done cleverly to promote the idea of Germany wanting peace while weakening France's influence in Eastern Europe.

Second Stage: Hitler supports Mussolini


Hitler supports Benito Mussolini's takeover of Abyssinia, despite opposition from Britain and France.

Anti-Comintern pact with Japan

November 1936

Hitler signs an Anti-Comintern pact with Japan, aimed against the USSR (Soviet Union)

Re-militarisation of Rhineland

December 1936

Despite Rhineland being in Germany, the Germans where banned from using it for military purposes.

Italy joins the Anti-Comintern pact


Italy joins the Anti-Comintern pact forming the Rome-Berlin-Tokyo Axis

Third Stage: Anschluss - Union with Austria

March 1938

Hitler and Stalin agreement

24 August 1939

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 ready to invade Poland

1 September 1939

Hitler is ready to invade Poland and regain the Polish corridor for Germany.

Britain and France declare war on Germany

September 3 1939

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 conquers all of Western Europe

April 1940 - June 1940

French Government surrenders

16 June 1940

Germany invades the USSR

June 1941

Germany begins 'Operation Barbossa', send 4.5 million soldiers in to conquer the USSR before winter.

Japan bombs Pearl Harbour

7 December 1941

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.