By: Linda Chen
Rise to German Power
The day before President Hindenburg's death in August 1934 the cabinet had wrote a law that made the of powers of the president and the powers of the chancellor combine. Hitler then became head of state as well as head of government. As head of state Hitler became overall commander of the armed forces. He started to mobilize for war. Germany then withdrew from the League of Nations and Hitler announced that he would expand borders.
Hitler increased his activities in 1940 invading Scandinavia, France, the Netherlands and Belgium. He ordered bombing raids on the UK with the goal of invasion. Germany had a alliance with Japan and Italy known as the Axis powers, this was signed to help the Axis to have power over the Allies.
On June 22, 1941 Hitler violated a non-aggression pact with Stalin sending about 3 million German troops into the Soviet Union. The army seized a huge area of land before they were was stopped outside Moscow in December 1941.
On December 7, as Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, Hitler was at war against The Alliance that included the world's largest empire Britain, the world's greatest financial power (at the time) the U.S. and the world's largest army the Soviet Union.
Days Following to the Death Bed
On April 29, 1945, Hitler married his girlfriend Eva Braun, in a small civil ceremony in his Berlin bunker. Around this time Hitler was notified of the assassination of Mussolini. Afraid to fall into the hands of enemy troops, Hitler and Eva committed suicide the day after their wedding, on April 30, 1945. Their bodies were carried to the bombed-out garden behind the Reich Chancellery where they were burned.
After Hitler's death, Berlin fell on May 2, 1945 and Germany surrendered on May 7, 1945.