British historians Alan S. Milward and M. Medlicott show that Nazi Germany—unlike Imperial Germany—was prepared for only a short-term war (Blitzkrieg).  According to Edward Ericson, although Germany's own resources were sufficient for the victories in the West in 1940, massive Soviet shipments obtained during a short period of Nazi–Soviet economic collaboration were critical for Germany to launch Operation Barbarossa . 
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Originally written: 2001-DEC-4
Latest update: 2016-JAN-07
Author: . Robinson
In March 1938, Germany sent its army into Austria , which had only a little reaction from European countries.  Shortly after that, the Allies agreed to give Sudetenland , part of Czechoslovakia , to Germany, so that Hitler would promise to stop taking more land.  But the rest of the country was either forced to surrender  or invaded by March 1939.  The Allies now tried to stop him, by promising to help Poland if it was attacked.  Just before the war, Germany and the Soviet Union signed a peace agreement , agreeing that they would not attack each other for ten years.  In the secret part of it, they agreed to divide Eastern Europe between them.