Remilitarization of the Rhineland

The Rise of Fascism in Italy, National Socialism in Germany, the Spanish Civil War, and the expansion of Nazi Germany (7 March 1936)

Historical Map of Europe

In late 1935, Italy launched an invasion of Ethiopia in defiance of the League of Nations. Hitler took advantage of this crisis to move German forces into the Rhineland. Despite the fact that this act was in breach of Treaty of Versailles, Britain and France did nothing.