Why Was Hitler Able to Unite Germany with Austria in 1938?

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Why was Hitler able to unite Germany with Austria in 1938? In 1938, Hitler was strong enough to plan a union or Anschluss with Austria. This was part of his aim to unite all the German speaking people into one country. But it was forbidden by the Treaty of Versailles so Hitler had to plan it very carefully. Hitler started by ordering the Austrian Nazi Party to make as much trouble as possible. The Austrian Nazis held parades, set buildings on fire, and let bombs go off. When the Austrian government banned them, Hitler held a meeting with the Austrian leader: Kurt Schuschnigg. Hitler threatened to invade Austria unless Schuschnigg gave all important jobs in his government to the Nazi. Schuschnigg compromised by appointing the Nazi Seyss-Inquart as Minister of the Interior. Hitler had built up his armed forces and achieved success in the Rhineland whilst at the same time noting the failures of the League of Nations. France and Britain both refused to help Austria, so on March 9 1938 Schuschnigg announced his intention to hold a plebiscite to allow the Austrian people decide for themselves, whether they actually wanted to join with Germany or not. Hitler got furious and moved troops to the Austrian border and demanded that Schussing should call off the plebiscite. Schuschnigg had no choice to give in and resign. A plebiscite was held and about 99% voted in favour of the Anschluss. Also this time, Mussolini did not protest as like he did back in 1934. He moved closer to Hitler after the Abyssinian Crisis, signing the Rome-Berlin Axis in 1936. Seyss-Inquart, the Nazi Minister of the Interior took his place and immediately asked Hitler to send the German army into Austria to help restore order. Hitler was now able to enter Austria on March 13 by an ‘invitation’. Together with the army the Gestapo and the SS had to deal with opponents from the Nazi. Schuschnigg found
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