Chamberlain’s account of his first meeting with Hitler

These extracts from Cabinet minutes recorded on 17 September detail Chamberlain’s account of his first meeting with Hitler. The Prime Minister gave his observations of the Fuehrer, observing that ‘he saw no signs of insanity but many of excitement’ and had a tendency to ‘go off into a tirade’. Despite this, Chamberlain is apparently satisfied that he has made a favourable impression on Hitler. The Munich Pact, signed on 30 September, permitted Germany’s annexation of the Sudetenland. In March 1939, German troops took over the rest of Czechoslovakia.