The slogan “About us, without us!” (Czech: O nás bez nás!) summarizes the feelings of the Czechoslovak people (now Slovakia and the Czech Republic) towards the agreement. [Citation required] With the handing over of the Sudetenland to Germany, Czechoslovakia (as the state was renamed) lost its defensible border with Germany and its fortifications. Without it, its independence became more nominal than real. Czechoslovakia also lost 70% of its steel industry, 70% of its electrical energy and 3.5 million citizens to Germany as part of the colony.  Sudeten Germans celebrated what they saw as their liberation. The impending war, it seems, had been averted. On the 28th. At 10.m 00 a.m., four hours before the deadline and without accepting Hitler`s request for Czechoslovakia, the British ambassador to Italy, Lord Perth, called Italian Foreign Minister Galeazzo Ciano to request an urgent meeting.  Perth told Ciano that Chamberlain had asked him to ask Mussolini to enter into negotiations and urge Hitler to postpone the ultimatum.  At 11:00.m., Ciano met Mussolini and informed him of Chamberlain`s proposal; Mussolini agreed and responded by calling the Italian ambassador to Germany and telling him: “Go immediately to the Führer and tell him that whatever happens, I will be at his side, but that I ask for a delay of twenty-four hours before the start of hostilities. In the meantime, I`ll explore what can be done to fix the problem.  Hitler received Mussolini`s message during talks with the French ambassador.
Hitler told the ambassador: “My good friend, Benito Mussolini, asked me to postpone the marching orders of the German army by twenty-four hours, and I agreed. Of course, this was not a concession, as the date of the invasion was set for October 1, 1938.  Addressing Chamberlain, Lord Perth thanked Chamberlain Mussolini and Chamberlain for asking Mussolini to attend a four-member conference from Britain, France, Germany and Italy in Munich on September 29 to resolve the Sudetenland problem before the 2:00 p.m. deadline. Mussolini agreed.  Hitler`s only demand was to ensure that Mussolini was included in the conference negotiations.  As President of the United States Franklin D. . .