Over the span of twenty years, the effects of the Treaty of Versailles became evident in the world, ultimately bringing about World War II.
The Treaty of Versailles is signed by Germany. This ends World War I.
Delegates at the Treaty Signing. Source: Study History Center
Unemployment rises to six million citizens in Germany due to the hyperinflation of the mark.
The German Mark. Source: History Study Center
The Reichstag approves the Dawes Plan created in response to a failing German economy. In return, the French leave Düsseldorf.
Occupation of the Ruhr. Source: Study History Center
The Young Plan is accepted by the Reichstag and ratified by Germany. Reparations are reduced by 75%.
The Signing of the Young Plan. Source: German History in Documents and Images
The conference was held in Lausanne, Switzerland in order to negotiate the continuation of reparations from World War I. They were ultimately stopped.
A French Soldier Overseeing The Transfer of Reparation Payments. Source: History Study Center
The Nazi party takes over the Reichstag in 1933 and Hitler is crowned chancellor.
Adolf Hitler. Source: History Study Center
Hitler begins to rearm Germany. This is the beginning of Hitler's series of acts that violate the Treaty of Versailles.
German Tank Demonstration. Source: German History in Documents and Images
The Saarland, a state in western Germany, is reunited with Germany by public vote.
Territory Germany Took Over. Source: Study History Center
Hitler begins to publicly rebuild the German military. The German-British Naval Treaty allows the size German navy to be 35% of the British fleet.
After the Conclusion of the German-British Naval Treaty. Source: German History in Documents and Images
Hitler invades the Rhineland to remilitarize it.
Hitler's Army Invading the Rhineland. Source: Study History Center
Austria was annexed into the German Empire after a public vote forced by the hands of Hitler. The Nazi Party assumes control.
Hitler in Austria. Source: History Study Center
Hitler occupies the Sudetenland because he believed it belonged to Germany. The Sudetenland contained up to 3.5 million Germans.
Citizens of the Sudetenland Welcome German Soldiers. Source: Study History Center
Hitler invades Czechoslovakia because it was a major military and industrial power. This violated the terms of the Munich Pact.
Hitler at the Munich Pact. Source: Study History Center
The Nazi-Soviet Pact is signed to keep Russia from invading Germany. The Pact also divided Poland and the Baltic states.
Signing of the Nazi-Soviet Pact. Source: History Study Center
Hitler invades Poland. World War II begins. This also violates the terms of the Munich Pact.
German Troops Destroying Poland Boarder Barrier. Source: German History in Documents and Images