We had to divide in pairs (one person from Senior 2 with one person from Senior 3) and work in the different causes of WW2. This is Delfi Urso’s and my work on the Nazi – Soviet Pact:
In 1939, Hitler and Stalin signed a pact called the Nazi-Soviet Pact which said that they wouldn’t attack each other and that they would invade Poland, the USSR from the west, and Germany from the right. By signing this pact Hitler broke the Policy of Appeasement, which consisted in letting him invade without being stopped. Britain accepted this because she hoped to have Hitler as a future ally against Communism. However, when he signed the pact with the USSR she realized that he wasn’t to trust (since he had signed it with a Communist country).
Hitler was scared that if he invaded Poland without this treaty, the USSR would declare war to Germany, so he felt safer having an alliance with the USSR that consisted in mutual defence and protection.
Britain and France guaranteed that they would defend Poland if Germany invaded. Finally, they declared war to him. This pact was the straw that broke the camel’s back, meaning that WW2 started.
Cartoon by David Low.
This British cartoon shows that the ‘friendship’ between Hitler and Stalin was totally based in their own convinience, and that it wouldn’t last, since Stalin did not believe that Hitler would keep his word but he hoped for time to build up his forces against the attack he knew would come.
This is a GCSE video (British point of view), which summarizes and explains the Nazi-Soviet Pact, and why Hitler and Stalin signed it.
This is a soviet cartoon that shows the French and the British directing Hitler away from western Europe and towards the USSR.
This cartoon shows a sarcastic point of view between the two leaders, it cricizes both Hitler and Stalin, and it shows the hatred between them.
This image shows the invasion of the Polish Corridor from Germany and Russia.