The road to war

  • 15 March 1939: the German army invaded the rest of Czechoslovakia
  • 31 March 1939: Britain promised to defend Poland
  • 22 May 1939: Italy and Germany signed the Pact of Steel to help each other in the event of war
  • 23 August 1939: to the dismay of France and Britain, the Nazi-Soviet Non Aggression pact was signed by Germany and Russia. The two nations promised not to fight each other
  • 1 September 1939: German forces invaded Poland
  • 3 September 1939 Britain declared war on Germany