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What were the steps of Germany's aggressive expansion before WWII?

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You can say that Germany's aggressive expansion started at home.  It began with the following steps.

  • Hitler breaks the Treaty of Versailles by instituting a military draft and creating an air force.
  • He remilitarizes the Rhineland where Germany was no supposed to have troops.

From there, Hitler went abroad.  These steps included:

  • Helping the fascists in the Spanish Civil War.  He took no territory here, but he was helping an ally take Spain and he was getting practice for his military.
  • The Anschluss with Austria.
  • Taking the Sudetenland.
  • Taking the rest of Czechoslovakia.

After that the next step was to invade Poland, which was the act that finally set off WWII.

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