THE BREAK-UP OF CZECHOSLOVAKIA In the second week of March the union between the Czechs and the Slovaks which dated from the last days of the Great War appeared to be coming to an end. On loth March the C^ech President of the Czechoslovak Republic used his powers under the constitution to dismiss the Slovak Government, whose late Prime Minister, Dr. Tiso, the head of the Slovak National Party', thereupon appealed to Herr Hitler for help. Four days after, the Slovak Diet at a special session, proclaimed the independence of Slovakia. On the same day Dr. Hacha, the President of the Czechoslovak Republic travelled to Berlin for an interview with Herr Hitler., which concluded with the issue of a joint signed communiqul stating that in order to secure a final pacification of this part of Europe, Dr. Hacha had placed the destinies of the C^ecfi people and country in the hands of the German Reich. Simultaneously, German forces began a military occupation of the C^ech provinces of Bohemia and Moravia, thus bringing to an end not only the short-lived independence of the Czechs, but the Munich Agreement to which the leader of the German State had been a party. On the afternoon of i^th March, the day on which the invasion began, the Prime Minister, though not yet in possession of all the relevant facts, made a statement in the House of Commons.