Department of Defense. Department of the Army. Office of the Chief Signal Officer. (09/18/1947 - 02/28/1964)
ARC Identifier 36068 / Local Identifier 111-OF-2 1943
The Nazis Strike
This motion picture film covers the growth of German aggression, 1934-1940. Contains many animated maps explaining German tactics and many views of Adolf Hitler making speeches and in conferences. Reel 1 shows a large Nazi rally and Axis-inspired riots in Belgium and France. Also shows a Nazi rally in Madison Square Garden. Included is footage of Joachim von Ribbentrop and Fritz Kuhn. Reel 2 shows the mobilization of industry and manpower, including paratroop training. Footage shows the Rhineland invaded and the Siegfried Line constructed and manned. In Reel 3, Germany captures Austria and Czechoslovakia, and footage shows Neville Chamberlain and Edouard Daladier at the Munich Conference; Chamberlain reports on the talks. Footage also shows President Eduard Benes. In Reel 4, the Polish campaign begins. Shown are scenes of Luftwaffe activities and of comparative German and Polish military strength. The reel includes views of the Moscow Conference. In Reel 5, Warsaw is besieged and captured, and masses of Polish soldiers are captured. Footage shows the suffering of Polish citizens, Russia capturing East Poland, and British planes bombing German ships in the Kiel Canal.
This video is part of History Lessons, a series dedicated to exploring historical events and examining their meaning in the context of foreign relations today: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF2F38E5941910270
The Munich Agreement is one of the most criticized diplomatic agreements in history. In 1938, Adolf Hitler turned his sights on absorbing the Sudetenland, the part of Czechoslovakia dominated by ethnic Germans, into Germany. With tensions rising, British prime minister Neville Chamberlain rushed to Germany in September for talks to keep the continent at peace. Without consulting with Czechoslovakian leaders, he agreed to Hitler's demand, a decision that was ultimately formalized when Germany, Britain, France, and Italy signed the Munich Agreement on September 30. Chamberlain returned from Munich proclaiming that he had achieved "peace for our time." He was wrong. Less than a year later, German troops invaded Poland. The Second World War had begun.
James M. Lindsay, CFR's senior vice president and director of studies, highlights the lesson learned from the Munich Agreement: Appeasing an adversary's demands may defuse a crisis, but it can also increase the chances of war by emboldening that adversary to demand more. Chamberlain thought that if Germany gained the Sudetenland that Hitler would finally be satisfied with the status quo in Europe. But Hitler instead viewed Munich as confirming his belief that Britain and France both lacked the will to stop German expansion. Lindsay invites his audience to consider on what issue or conflict the United States might repeat Chamberlain's mistake.
For more analysis from James M. Lindsay, visit The Water's Edge blog: http://blogs.cfr.org/lindsay/
Bruce Thornton is a professor of classics and humanities at California State University, Fresno, and a national fellow at the Hoover Institution. His latest book is The Wages of Appeasement: Ancient Athens, Munich and Obama's America.
According to Bruce Thornton, "Appeasement is an eternal temptation for all people." Why? And what has appeasement got to do with Obama's America? Drawing on the lessons of the Greek city-states in their confrontations with Phillip II of Macedon and England in the 1920s and 1930s as it faced the threat of Hitler's Germany, Thornton points out the inherent weakness of democracies as they deal with enemies. He draws a straight line of appeasement that began in Saigon in 1975 and then proceeded through Teheran in 1979 to New York in 2001. Finally he offers his thoughts on how we can break free of this dangerous trajectory.
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