Hitler's Foreign Policy

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Hitler's Foreign Policy
1 Rearmament
1.1 Why?
1.1.1 Necessary for an aggressive foreign policy Lebensraum involved taking territory in the East
1.1.2 Creates pride in the German people Humiliation from the Treaty of Versailles
1.1.3 Helps economic recovery Jobs in arms manufacturing and conscription
1.2 How?
1.2.1 Secrecy Rearmament in secret until 1935
1.2.2 Alliances and Agreements Anglo-German Naval Agreement Kriegsmarine expanded to 35% Royal Navy
1.2.3 Opportunism Remilitarisation of Rhineland during Abyssinian Crisis
1.3 What?
1.3.1 Army 1932 - 100,000 men 1939 - 950,000 men Panzer battalions introduced
1.3.2 Kreigsmarine 1932 - 30 warships 1929 - 95 warships
1.3.3 Luftwaffe 1932 - 36 planes 1939 - 8250 planes Announced in 1935
2 Unification of German-speaking peoples
2.1 Anschluss with Austria, March 1938
2.1.1 Failed attempt in 1934 after Mussolini blocked him By 1938, they were allies with the Rome-Berlin Axis
2.1.2 Large Nazi party in Austria who rioted at Hitler's command Hitler pressurised Schuschnigg for an Anschluss He appealed to the League in vain He ordered a plebiscite causing Hitler to send troops The vote passed with 99.75% in favour French government had resigned two days earlier so could not oppose it
2.2 Remilitarisation of Rhineland, March 1936
2.2.1 What? Troops to advance to the east bank of the Rhine Withdrawal at any opposition Due to more police than soldiers Plebiscite held in Germany with 99% in favour of the action
2.2.2 How? The League was busy with the Abyssinian Crisis France and USSR had just signed the Mutual Assistance Pact
2.3 Sudetenland, 1938
2.3.1 Why? 2 million Germanic people Coal, iron and steelworks Bohemian Mountains as defence
2.3.2 Lead-up Benes got a guarantee from France after Austria Hitler claimed this was his last claim in Europe GB and France asked Cz to give Hitler some of the Sudetenland
2.3.3 Takeover Hitler backtracked and said he wanted all of the land War seemed likely GB, France, Italy and Germany met in Munich Munich Agreement gave Hitler ALL of the Sudetenland Czechoslovakia and USSR was never consulted
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