Subhas Chandra Bose wrote an article on the European War. The article was named as European Crisis - an Analysis of the Debacle. He explicitly stated how Dr. Benes, the President of Czech republic was lulled into a false sense of security, when Subhas met him in January 1938. Dr. Benes had met Subhas Bose twice before when he was the foreign minister under president Masaryk. Dr. Benes said that Czechoslovakia was safe and secured like never before. He was perhaps feeling secured by the Czech Maginot Line and the newly inducted Airforce. But sadly he was wrong. As Subhas was passing through Vienna, everything seemed to be quiet. Schusnigg was firmly installed as Chancellor, backed by the black robed clergy and the black shirted Fascists. Little did he know that Nazis intended to march into Austria and take him prisoner as he had done with Austrian Socialist leaders. Nazis had occupied Rhineland militarily, going against Versailles treaty but the French Premier Blum had not guts to call out Hitler's bluff. Austria's independence was guaranteed by big powers but when Hitler invaded and occupied it, nobody had the guts to lodge a protest. In 1934 Italy had threatened invasion if Germans occupied Austria, but by 1938, Italy's position had changed.
According to Subhas Germany would have never ventured into a war knowing that Britain would be arrayed against her. Therefore British politicians were either befooled by Hitler or they deliberately let him take over the continental Europe and hoped for an Anglo German alliance in place of Anglo French Alliance. Why did the France capitulate? Blum was too frightened at the prospect of war. Subhas opined that had there been a 1914 like situation whereby France stood for Czech independence and Belgium prepared herself, the Nazis would have backed out. So the occupation of Czechoslovakia was really a betrayal by the British and the French. Dr. Benes wanted to maintain peace by surrendering Sudetenland and by acceding to the demands of Poland and Hungary.