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World War II: Before the War

British Premier Sir Neville Chamberlain, on his return from talks with Hitler in Germany, at Heston airfield, London, England, on September 24, 1938. Chamberlain brought with him a terms of the plan later to be called the Munich Agreement, which, in an act of appeasment, allowed Germany to annex Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland.


The Munich Agreement; signed by Chamberlain, Daladier, Mussolini and Hitler, which allowed Germany to annex the Sudetenland.


The Munich Agreement - September, 1938. Hitler and Chamberlain agree to strive for peace... less than a year before Germany's invasion of Poland and the onset of WW-II.


Watch footage of Chamberlain and Hitler signing the Munich Agreement in 1938:


Munich Agreement, 1938. Goering, Mussolini, and Hitler lead the pack. Himmler, Hess, and Keitel in the back rows. Under the agreement, Britain, France, Germany, and Italy signed off on the German annexation of portions of Czechoslovakia known as the Sudetenland. Czechoslovakia was not invited. The agreement has become synonymous to appeasement.


Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright discusses her memoir "Prague Winter", which focuses on the years 1937-1948 and is her personal story of the German occupation of Prague, Czechoslovakia. Albright explains how her views of the world formed by events in Europe leading up to World War II, including the Munich Agreement of 1938, have influenced her decisions of international relations.

Occupation of Czechoslovakian territories by the German Wehrmacht after the Munich Agreement on 30 September 1938. The National Socialist propaganda text on 2 October 1938: 'The invasion of the German troops in Sudetenland. The youth of Hainspach held on tirelessly; over and over they welcomed the German soldiers with enthusiastic cheers.' Photo: Berliner Verlag/Archiv