The Road to War

A Selection of Primary Documents

Selected and translated by

John L. Heineman


This site contains four pages which include a large number of primary documents about the origins of World War II. They are arranged in strict chronological order. For a proper understanding of the historical evolution, I recommend that you read the documents in their proper order. Thereafter, you might want to skip around in order to review the most important developments.

To begin the selections, click start.

Or to view individual sections, click on the appropriate box:

I. German Plans 1936-1938

II. Anschluß to Sudeten Crisis 1938

III. Appeasement to Prague 1938-39

IV. Polish Crisis Becomes War 1939