behind the Maginot Line. For, in the end, being invaded in May 40, by a powerful Germany, which, desrespecting the neutrality of Holland and Belgium, went round the Maginot Ligne, and entered France by Sedan, with its armoured divisions, mobile troops and a powerful Air Force.
The answer is in the signature of the Munich Agreement
The facts : in 1938, Hitler calmly plans to seize Czechoslovakia.
France, although the ally of Czechoslovakia within the framework of their Agreements, does not want to take up arms in order to defend the integrity of this little country.
France wants to avoid conflict and fears the advance of the war in Europe...
Our british ally, Neville Chamberlain,repeatedly moderating Hitler, thinks it possible to safeguard Peace.
In spite of himself, Edouard Daladier ends up by negotiating an arrangement, cunningly proposed by Mussolini, and signs, on september 30th 1938 the Munich Agreements :
Czechoslovakia is left to the Nazis : the Allies trading thus their passivity for the hope of being spared by a new war, reckoning on the hypothetical Hitler's gratitude.
The Allies have traded their passivity for Hitler's promise
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