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By: Francesca Costamagna, Victoria Quiroga, Matías
Giambruni and Eugenia Kenny
Connection: Treaty of Versailles and Re
militarisation of the Rhineland
In one of the terms of the Treaty of Versailles, (Germany's armed forces) it was
established that no German troops were allowed into the Rhineland, which was the
border area between France and Germany.
So, the connection between the Treaty of Versailles and the re militarisation of the
Rhineland was that, in March 1936, Hitler took a big risk and moved the troops again
into the Rhineland. He disobeyed the agreement.
Hitler excuses of his actions
Hitler had signed the Treaty of Versailles and then The Locarno Treaty in which he
accepted most of the terms he had not accepted before.
One of the things he had finally agreed on, was that he wouldn't enter to the
Rhineland, but when France signed an agreement with the USSR to protect each other
against Germany, Hitler took it as an excuse to claim that Germany was under threat.
So he demanded that he should put troops on the Rhineland, his own frontier to
protect the country.
How was the crisis solved?
Hitler had finally achieved his goal, he had his troops into the Rhineland with no
But what happened was that Hitler troops being in the Rhineland occurred at the same
time as the Abyssinian crisis, so the League was more focused on the Abyssinian crisis
than in the Rhineland.
That made Britain, which was deep in an appeasement mentality, to decide to do
nothing on the contrary of France that she indeed wanted to do something about it but
she didn't want to act without Britain´s help so at the end they did nothing.
"An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last." Winston Churchill.
“At that time we had no army worth mentioning...If the French had taken any action we
would have been easily defeated; our resistance would have been over in a few days. And
the Air Force we had then was ridiculous…” Adolf Hitler after some years.
Analysis of the Source:
➔ The nazi flags are showing that the Nazis
had support on the Rhineland.
➔ The olive branch is representing the Peace
➔ The weapons are showing that Germany
➔ It shows how The Locarno Treaty was
ripped up and ignored.
➔ The Goose step, was the style marched by
the German army.
This source shows how Hitler went breaking
all the terms of the Treaty of Versailles, and
how he succeeded in that.