London, FridayThe Munich Accords give Hitler everything he wants (at first), except that they may not allow him to get it as quickly as he would have done under Godesberg`s unstopping ultimatum. He will begin tomorrow the invasion of Czechoslovakia, as he threatened in his speech of 12 September. It is free to occupy all regions where Sudeten Germans are in the majority, and to do so in rapid stages. 7. A right of option within and outside the transferred territories shall be exercised within six months of the date of this Agreement. A German-Czechoslovak commission defines the details of the option, examines ways to facilitate the transfer of population and settles the fundamental issues arising from the transfer. This attitude has been the subject of a referendum in some places. The Czechoslovak government was to release all Sudeten Germans who wanted to be released and all Sudeten German prisoners from its military and police forces within four weeks of signing the agreement. Six months after the signing of the Munich Accords, Hitler resigned his commitments and marched throughout Czechoslovakia. The war was on its way. Joseph Stalin was irritated by the results of the Munich Conference. On 2 May 1935, France and the Soviet Union sign the Franco-Soviet Assistance Treaty with the aim of curbing Nazi German aggression. [56] The Soviets, who had a mutual military aid treaty with Czechoslovakia, felt betrayed by France, which also had a mutual military aid treaty with Czechoslovakia.

[57] However, the British and French mostly used the Soviets as a threat to swing at the Germans. Stalin concluded that the West had actively collaborated with Hitler to hand over a Central European country to the Germans, raising fears that they might do the same with the Soviet Union in the future to allow the division of the USSR among Western nations. This belief led the Soviet Union to focus its foreign policy on a rapprochement with Germany, which eventually led to the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact in 1939. [58] After successfully integrating Austria into Germany in March 1938, Adolf Hitler looked avidly at Czechoslovakia, where about three million people in the Sudetenland were of German origin. .