Axis Controlled Countries In WW2

Which countries had the WWII Axis powers taken control of by 1939?

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In 1936, Japan and Germany signed the Anti-Comintern Pact, an anti-communist alliance that Italy joined in 1937. In 1940, Germany, Italy, and Japan (the Axis powers) signed the Tripartite Pact and pledged military assistance to each other. Later, other nations also joined the pact.

The Axis powers began to take over many nations. In 1935, Italy invaded Ethiopia, and, in 1939, Italy made Albania a protectorate. Japan invaded Manchuria (in China) in 1931 and invaded Beijing in 1937. Japan also controlled Taiwan (since 1895) and Korea (since 1910). In 1937, Nazi Germany took over the Rhineland and then, in 1938, took over Austria and the Sudetenland (part of Czechoslovakia). By the end of 1939, Nazi Germany also controlled Poland, the Memel Territory in Lithuania, and the rest of Czechoslovakia. When the Nazis took over Czechoslovakia, they created the Protectorate of Moravia and Bohemia and the nation of Slovakia. 

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By 1939 the Axis Powers had already taken control of several countries either through annexation or the establishment of puppet governments.  Germany took control of Austria and Czechoslovakia before 1939 using the excuse that ethnic Germans lived in those areas and that they desired to unite with Germany--this was not always the case, as Austria and Czechoslovakia were not homogeneous in terms of population.  Japan invaded Manchuria in 1931 and was pressured to leave, but they set up the puppet state of Manchuko, thereby still ruling the area.  Japan invaded China again later in the decade--by 1939 Japan controlled many Chinese port cities.  Italy successfully invaded Albania and Ethiopia before 1939.  It is important to note that all of these countries fell to the Axis Powers before the Axis consolidated their power with the Tripartite Pact in 1940.  No powerful nation stood up to Germany, Japan, or Italy during their land grabs.  

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It's a long list of countries who the Axis powers (Germany, Italy and Japan) had controlled by 1939. Formerly independent nations include:

Algeria, Albania (occupied by Italy April 7, 1939, by Germany September 26, 1943), China, Austria, Burma, Czechoslovakia (Bohemia and Moravia occupied by Germany March 15, 1939), Ethiopia, Finland (attacked by the Soviet Union November 30t, 1939 and June 26, 1941), India, Iran, Morocco, New Guinea, Philippines, Poland (invaded by Germany and the Soviet Union in September 1939), Singapore, Syria, and Thailand.

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