Chamberlain Agreement

September 14, 2021

After translating it for him, Hitler`s interpreter happily agreed. The slogan “On us, without us!” (Czech: O nás bez nás!) summarizes the feelings of the people of Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia and the Czech Republic) towards the agreement. [Citation required] With the handover of the Sudetenland to Germany, Czechoslovakia (as the state has just been renamed) lost its defensive border with Germany and its fortifications. Without it, its independence became more nominal than real. Czechoslovakia also lost 70% of its steel industry, 70% of its electricity and 3.5 million citizens to Germany. [61] Sudeten Germans celebrated what they saw as their liberation. The impending war, it seemed, had been avoided. On the 28th The British Ambassador to Italy, Lord Perth, called the Italian Foreign Minister, Galeazzo Ciano, to request an urgent meeting. [37] Perth informed Ciano that Chamberlain had ordered him to invite Mussolini to begin negotiations and to urge Hitler to postpone the ultimatum. [37] At 11:00 a.m., Ciano Mussolini met with him and informed him of Chamberlain`s proposal; Mussolini agreed and responded by phoning the Italian ambassador to Germany and telling him: “Go immediately to the Führer and tell him that whatever happens, I will be at his side, but that I ask for a delay of twenty-four hours before the hostilities begin. In the meantime, I will study what can be done to solve the problem. [40] Hitler received Mussolini`s embassy during discussions with the French ambassador. Hitler told the ambassador: “My good friend, Benito Mussolini, asked me to postpone the marching orders of the German army for twenty-four hours, and I agreed.