In the early 1920's Hitler had indicated that a Nazi regime would find this land to the east.
In the 1930's, Hitler became more aggressive but no nation opposed him.
On March 9, 1935, Hitler announced the creation of a new air force.
Fascist Italy invaded Ethiopia
In 1936, Germany and Italy sent troops to Spain to help General Francisco Franco in the Spanish Civil War.
In march 1939, Hitler invaded and took control of Bohemia and Moravia.
Germany and the Soviet Union signed the Nazi-Soviet Nonaggression Pact.
Japanese soldiers had seized Manchuria, which had natural resourced that Japan needed.
Chiang ended his military efforts against the communist and formed a united from against the Japanese.
Japan's attack on China in the summer of 1937 had already aroused strong criticism.
When German signed a nonaggression pact with the Soviets, Japanese leaders had to rethink their goals.