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How Hitler challenged and exploited the Treaty of Versailles in the period 1933 to 1938

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Explain how Hitler challenged and exploited the Treaty of Versailles in the period 1933 to 1938 During the period between 1933 and 1938, Hitler challenged the treaty of Versailles in several different ways. He created a bond with Austria even though the treaty disallowed this, showing that he was openly defiant of the Treaty of Versailles. Hitler also participated in the Spanish civil war, which also overtly challenged the treaty as Germany was not allowed to position forces outside of its own borders. Hitler also remilitarised the Rhineland's which had been earlier completely disarmed by the Treaty of Versailles; this was one of his first steps towards completely destroying everything that the treaty stood for. The Treaty of Versailles was, in a sense, a punishment for the First World War designed for Germany. It was created by Britain (Lloyd George), France (Georges Clemenceau) and the USA (Woodrow Wilson) and even though the head of German delegation (Count Brockdorff-Rantzau) was present, he did not have a say in the terms. Some of the terms in the treaty of Versailles were incredibly harsh on the Germans, such as the reparations fees: The Germans were made to pay �6600 million which totally destroyed their economy, and left the government in ruins- therefore leaving it vulnerable to Hitler's campaign! ...read more.

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He achieved the attack against communism when he joined up with General Franco (forming an anti-communism alliance with Spain), who was a strong fascist, on the 26th July 1936 and by doing this he showed the world what he was capable of and set their status on the world stage- it also gave them a chance to use their new weapons. This was an obvious defiance of the Treaty of Versailles because Germany was not permitted to gather forces outside of its own borders, which it blatantly did. Another way he disregarded the treaty was when he re-militarised the Rhineland in 1936; by doing so he broke the Locarno treaty, which stated that he had to abide within the rules laid out by the Treaty of Versailles (and this declared that Germany couldn't gather troops on the bordered it shared with France such as the Rhineland). It was because of this law that, when he broke the treaty and marched troops into there, he was taking a big gamble; if any of the major powers such as Britain or France challenged him then he would be powerless and have to stop- this was because his army was not as strong or as powerful as he would like to imagine, they were not well equipped and therefore couldn't deal with ...read more.

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After all these escapades, Germany's status on the world stage was dramatically boosted, and by this time almost every other nation thought that Germany was tremendously powerful. After marching into the Rhineland and Austria to re-arm, Hitler and the Germans seemed more commanding than they actually were - and they were not as heavily armed as the other nations will have seen them to be. This will have also have made them seem intimidating to any others, and Hitler will have looked like Germany's saviour in a sense, and almost like a miracle worker, to be able to make Germany seem so metaphorically large. All in all, Hitler challenged and exploited the Treaty of Versailles in several different ways, including forming his allegiance with Austria, which was clearly stated to be forbidden by the treaty. Also by remilitarising the Rhineland he challenged the Treaty of Versailles as the area was to be kept un-armed. Even though Germany was not allowed to deploy troops outside of its own borders, it still did, in helping out with the Spanish Civil war and Hitler's fight against communism. Hitler showed open defiance to the Treaty of Versailles, and through his strong willed mind and his firm actions, he indirectly declared the treaty void. ...read more.

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