Why did Germany annex all of Czechoslovakia?

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Why did Germany annex all of Czechoslovakia?

Postby LYZ » 3 years 3 months ago (Mon May 25, 2015 7:11 pm)

Germany already had the Sudetenland after the Munich agreement.



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Re: Why did Germany annex all of Czechoslovakia?

Postby Kingfisher » 3 years 3 months ago (Tue May 26, 2015 3:55 am)

LYZ wrote:Germany already had the Sudetenland after the Munich agreement.

It didn't annex all of CZ. I'm only working from memory and you can look up the details of dates if you want to. Hungary occupied the Hungarian-speaking area of Slovakia in late 1938 and Slovakia declared independence in March 1939, with German support. CZ had fallen apart.

This left a small rump of a state around Prague. One glance at a map shows the strategic danger that a power vacuum in this finger of land pointing into the heart of Germany represented given the Czechs' closeness to the Russians: a potential base for soviet air force; it sat across German road and rail communications; a long frontier to defend.

I am not getting involved in the ethics of this as that wasn't your question but on a strategic level Germany had little alternative. On a political and diplomatic level though it was what turned opinion in Britain and six months later led to war. I have seen it suggested that if Hitler had been prepared to settle for an alliance with German troops to be stationed in a still independent Czech state it could have helped to preserve the peace.

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Re: Why did Germany annex all of Czechoslovakia?

Postby Hektor » 3 years 3 months ago (Tue May 26, 2015 7:30 am)

Kingfisher wrote:
LYZ wrote:Germany already had the Sudetenland after the Munich agreement.

It didn't annex all of CZ. I'm only working from memory and you can look up the details of dates if you want to. Hungary occupied the Hungarian-speaking area of Slovakia in late 1938 and Slovakia declared independence in March 1939, with German support. CZ had fallen apart.
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Important points and Poland took a small part as well BEFORE the German Army marched into the "Resttschechei". I think it's save to say that Germany annexed the Sudetenland. But what would be the status of the part that then in 1939 was turned into a protectorate?

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Re: Why did Germany annex all of Czechoslovakia?

Postby Mortimer » 5 months 2 weeks ago (Sun Apr 08, 2018 3:00 am)

George Pitt-Rivers was a widely travelled English anthropologist who wrote The Czech Conspiracy after his personal experiences in that country in the 1930s. Some of his observations -
1. There was genuine mistreatment of the German minority which he documented.
2. The Czech government which was in a military alliance with the Soviet Union wanted Hitler to invade their country in the hope that Britain and France would also be drawn in.
3. British foreign secretary Anthony Eden was in the pay of the Czech government. If this is true then it would explain his ignoring of the mistreatment of the Germans in Sudetenland.
4. The author tried to listen to a speech by Hitler in September 1938 but found that it was being jammed by radio stations in England. He had to tune into an Italian station to hear the speech. This was a year before World War 2 actually started and should indicate the type of censorship anything to do with the German government received.
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Re: Why did Germany annex all of Czechoslovakia?

Postby Mortimer » 1 month 3 weeks ago (Sat Jul 28, 2018 5:27 am)

The Munich Agreement was a peaceful solution which had avoided conflict. But the warmongers in Britain led by Churchill were not happy. They stepped up their campaign of anti German propaganda -
https://wearswar.wordpress.com/2017/11/ ... ropaganda/
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