Hitler builds the tension

  • March 1938: Hitler ordered Henlein to create a crisis in the country. The Sudeten Germans made increasingly bold demands from the government. When the demands could not be met they insisted that they were being persecuted
  • April 1938: Henlein announced his Karlsbad Programme for Sudeten self-government, and organised civil unrest
  • May 1938: Hitler moved his armies to the Czech border to intimidate the Czechoslovakian President, Benes. In response, Benes mobilised the Czech army into positions along the border
  • September 1938: Hitler made an inflammatory speech against the Czechoslovakian President, Benes, at a Nazi rally at Nuremberg