March 7th 1936 - Occupation of the Rhineland


March 7th 1936 : Adolf Hitler orders the occupation of the demilitarized Rhineland. The invasion, which violated both of the provisions of the Treaty of Versailles and the Locarno Agreement, was not without dangers. Hitlers justification that Germany has a right to self-determination and therefore has to work against a mutual assistance pact concluded between France and the Soviet Union this move presented an open provocation. Nevertheless the western powers stayed away from a military intervention. While the army established garrisons in Aachen Trier and Saarbruecken France and England are content with a condemnation of Germany from the League of Nations. For the Third Reich however the occupation of the Rhineland meant a tremendous upgrade of its reputation and the opportunity to ignore previously agreed upon contracts in the future.

Länge: 00:01:03 | O-Ton: nein | Farbe: s/w | Jahr: 1936 | Clip-ID: JHT000239E


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