1935: How did Adolf Hitler Build Up the German Military?

1935: How did Adolf Hitler Build Up the German Military?
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  • Historical event:
  • 16. March 1935
  • The engagement of German industry in weapons production largely pulled the country out of an economic crisis that had lasted from 1929. Almost full employment was achieved. At the same time, the Germans regained their national self-confidence.

On this day in 1935, Adolf Hitler ordered the rearmament of the German army, even though it was forbidden by the Treaty of Versailles, signed after Germany lost World War I.

This treaty was very unfavorable to Germany. Namely, according to it, the German army could number only up to 100,000 men and a maximum of six warships, was not allowed to keep submarines, armed aircraft, tanks, or armored vehicles. A big constraint was a ban on the import and export of weapons.

Hitler simply ignored all these provisions, and the Allies had no way to oppose him. The engagement of German industry in weapons production largely pulled the country out of an economic crisis that had lasted from 1929.

Almost full employment was achieved. At the same time, the Germans regained their national self-confidence when their army became able to compete with other world powers. The war machine that was then created conquered a big part of Europe at the beginning of World War II.

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