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How Far Do You Agree That the Policy of Appeasement Was the Main Cause of WWII?

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Treaty of Versailles

The Treaty of Versailles was a peace treaty that was signed by the UK, US, France, Italy and Germany, it ended the war between Germany and the Allied Powers. The Treaty of Versailles was signed on 28 June 1919. Hitler saw the Treaty of Versailles as a disgrace to the German people and an embarrassment to Germany. Hitler blamed the German politicians for signing the Treaty of Versailles as he thought Germany could have avoided it and the problems it presented Germany with. Hitler first broke the Treaty of Versailles in 1934. The way he broke the treaty was over Germany’s armed forces, he broke the terms in secret at first but soon after he held a rearmament rally which the League of Nations and the countries in Europe ignored, Britain even made a naval agreement with Germany, allowing Germany to have a Navy of no more that 35% of Britain’s at any time (Germany broke the treaty here as it was only allowed 6 battleships). After 1936, Hitler started to invest heavily in the Germany Armed Forced and by 1939, Germany had 95 warships, 8,250 airplanes and over 1,000,000 men in his army (The Treaty of Versailles allowed 6 warships, 0 airplanes and 100,000 men). Hitler also broke the Treaty of Versailles over Rhineland, which was declared a demilitarised zone in the Treaty of Versailles. In 1936, Hitler moved his army into the Rhineland, claiming that the Franco-Soviet Treaty of Mutual Assistance threatened Germany’s safety. German commanders were given the order to retreat if met with French resistance, but the French and the League of Nations did nothing. Britain and France also broke the Treaty of Versailles by signing the Munich Agreement.

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Adolf Hitler

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Franco-Soviet Treaty of Mutual Assistance

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Munich Agreement

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Treaty of Versailles

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World War II

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