Mussolini and Hitler in Germany

In June of 1940, Benito Mussolini travels to Germany where he meets Adolf Hitler. At the time, the two men are leaders of Italy and Germany, respectively.

Four years earlier, in October of 1936, Italy and Germany had signed a treaty of friendship. This treaty would lead to troubling events throughout Europe as Mussolini and Hitler, in particular, attempted to expand their powers.

We learn more about the formation of the Axis Alliance (between Germany, Italy and then Japan) from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum:

On November 1, 1936, Germany and Italy, reflecting their common interest in destabilizing the European order, announced a Rome-Berlin Axis one week after signing a treaty of friendship.

Nearly a month later, on November 25, 1936, Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan signed the so-called Anti-Comintern Pact directed at the Soviet Union. Italy joined the Anti-Comintern Pact on November 6, 1937.

On May 22, 1939, Germany and Italy signed the so-called Pact of Steel, formalizing the Axis alliance with military provisions.

Finally, on September 27, 1940, Germany, Italy, and Japan signed the Tripartite Pact, which became known as the Axis alliance.

The Allies (led by Britain, the U.S. and the Soviet Union) opposed the Axis during WWII.

Media Credits

Photo, by an unnamed photographer, part of Eva Braun's Photo Albums (ca. 1913 - ca. 1944). Photo online via the U.S. National Archives. Public Domain. 


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