In last week’s From the Archives, we heard how German troops marched into Prague on March 15 1939. The next day, Edvard Benes, who had resigned as Czechoslovakia’s president in the wake of the Munich Agreement, and was in exile in London, told Britain’s Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain that from now on, he would be leading the resistance against the German occupation. Five months later, war broke…

In last week’s From the Archives, we heard how German troops marched into Prague on March 15 1939. The next day, Edvard Benes, who had resigned as Czechoslovakia’s president in the wake of the Munich Agreement, and was in exile in London, told Britain’s Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain that from now on, he would be leading the resistance against the German occupation. Five months later, war broke…

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.

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.

Hitler greets the British PM, Neville Chamberlain, in 1938. Chamberlain led the European chorus to appease Hitler by agreeing to his expansionist plans. The Munich Agreement served Hitler with Czechoslovakia on a silver platter. Chamberlain was naive enough to proclaim that the agreement had brought "peace in our time."

Hitler greets the British PM, Neville Chamberlain, in 1938. Chamberlain led the European chorus to appease Hitler by agreeing to his expansionist plans. The Munich Agreement served Hitler with Czechoslovakia on a silver platter. Chamberlain was naive enough to proclaim that the agreement had brought "peace in our time."

No-Germans [sic] customers wanted here. Notice: Let Hitler (the gangster) return Czechoslovakia and all he stole from them.  In March 1939, Fred Horak of Somerville, Massachusetts owned a small lunch room. At the official announcement of Nazi Germany’s annex of Czechoslovakia (thanks to the Munich Agreement in 1938), he expressed his anger on the windows of his establishment for all to see.Fred Horak was a native of Prague, Czechoslovakia who had immigrated to the United States in the…

No-Germans [sic] customers wanted here. Notice: Let Hitler (the gangster) return Czechoslovakia and all he stole from them. In March 1939, Fred Horak of Somerville, Massachusetts owned a small lunch room. At the official announcement of Nazi Germany’s annex of Czechoslovakia (thanks to the Munich Agreement in 1938), he expressed his anger on the windows of his establishment for all to see.Fred Horak was a native of Prague, Czechoslovakia who had immigrated to the United States in the…

From left to right (front): Chamberlain, Daladier, Hitler, Mussolini, and Ciano pictured before signing the Munich Agreement.

From left to right (front): Chamberlain, Daladier, Hitler, Mussolini, and Ciano pictured before signing the Munich Agreement.

Marina Amaral - Photo Colorization 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. | If you want to commission me: http://www.marinamaral.com/contact-2/

Marina Amaral - Photo Colorization 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. | If you want to commission me: http://www.marinamaral.com/contact-2/

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

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

Neville Chamberlain,Edouard Daladier, Adolf Hitler and Mussolini during their meeting for the Munich Agreement. 1938 (© Image © AP/Press Association Images)

Neville Chamberlain,Edouard Daladier, Adolf Hitler and Mussolini during their meeting for the Munich Agreement. 1938 (© Image © AP/Press Association Images)

Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain arrives in London holding the Munich Agreement signed by Germany, France, Great Britain, and Italy in Munich. If all would have held true "Peace in our time!" would have been one of the greatest quotes ever uttered.

Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain arrives in London holding the Munich Agreement signed by Germany, France, Great Britain, and Italy in Munich. If all would have held true "Peace in our time!" would have been one of the greatest quotes ever uttered.

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