Hitler’s Remilitarization Essay
Hitler;s Remilitarization of the Rhineland
In March 1936, Adolf Hitler remilitarized the Rhineland.Hitler;s decision to remilitarize the Rhineland was brilliant for four reasons.First, Hitler was able to predict that no nation would try to stop him from remilitarizing the Rhineland.Second, by remilitarizing the Rhineland, Hitler gained a better military position both offensively and defensively against France.Third, Hitler also increased the support of the German people for the government and for himself.Finally, Hitler was able to safeguard his control over the natural resources in the Rhineland, where a large majority of Germany;s coal supply was located.Without that supply, Germany would likely have fallen right back into the Depression, taking away its main advantage over all other major powers.
Perhaps the most critical reason that Hitler;s decision to remilitarize the Rhineland was brilliant was that Hitler was able to predict that no nation would act against him.The only powerful nations that would have cared about the remilitarization of the Rhineland were the United States, Great Britain, and France.The United States simply did not care enough to act.It would have taken too long and would have been too costly for the United States to pose a threat to Germany.The United States had also previously showed that it lacked interest in Germany;s breaches of the Treaties of Versailles and Locarno.When Germany had stopped paying its debt to France, as required by the Treaty of Versailles, the United States did nothing. Similarly, when Germany started to rearm itself in defiance of both the Versailles Treaty and the Locarno Pact, again the United States had no reaction except for a statement of protest.
Great Britain with respect to Germany;s defiance of the Versailles Treaty and Locarno pact followed suit and did nothing. Great Britain had even gone behind the backs of th…