| November 5, 1937. Hitler makes a speech about his foreign policy goals to the Supreme Commanders of the German Army, including taking over Austria and Czechoslovakia. 500,000 Germans are sentenced to prison terms for "political reasons". Fritz Hartnagel , a cadet, just finished his military studies at Potsdam Military Academy where Field Marshall Erwin Rommel is one of his teachers. He graduates as a lieutenant dreaming of joining the Air Force but instead is commissioned into a communications company stationed in Augsburg.
|February 4, 1938. German War Ministers, von Blomberg and von Fritsch, are let go. Hitler makes himself the head of the German Army. "Reichskristallnacht." Jewish passports must be identified with a "J."
Fritz Hartnagel is sick with typhus.
November, 3, 1938. German Army invasion of Austria.
|January 30, 1939. Hitler announces in German parliament the "annihilation of the Jewish race in Europe" in the upcoming war.
February - March - Hartnagel receives a driver's instructor's license.
March 15, 1939. German Army invades Czechoslovakia.
|April 1939. Fritz Hartnagel is transferred to Munich to teach in an educator's core.|
|September 1939. Hitler declares war on Poland. England and France declare war on Germany.
November 1939. Hartnagel stationed in the Black Forest and transferred to Duesseldorf.
|March 1940. Hartnagel in Gelsenkirchen to set up a communications company for the invasion of France.
June 1940. "Blitzkrieg" Denmark, Norway, France.
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