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´╗┐Hitler & The Nazi?s Economic Policies Hitler?s Army 1. Under the terms of the Treaty of Versailles, the German Army was unable to grow to more than 100,000 men. 2. One way that Adolf Hitler dealt with this issue was to allow the Sturm Abteilung (SA) to grow rapidly. 3. By 1934 the SA had grown to a force of over 4,500,000 men. 4. The growth in the importance of the SA worried other leaders in the National Socialist German Workers Party. 5. It also upset leaders of the German Army who feared that it would be taken over by the Ernst Rohm and the SA. 6. They were won over to the Nazis when Adolf Hitler ordered the Night of the Long Knives where around 400 leaders of the SA were murdered. ...read more.


The RAD attacked unemployment by conscripting out-of-work Germans into vast work teams. RAD workers were given an armband, a shovel and a bicycle, and then sent to wherever public works, construction, clearance or agricultural labour was needed. 8. One of the earliest RAD programs was the construction of massive autobahns: hundreds of miles of freeway connecting Germany?s major cities. These autobahns had a positive effect on the German car industry, which also flourished from the mid-1930s. Rearmament 1. Hitler had initiated programs to re-arm and expand the Reichswehr, in defiance of the Treaty of Versailles, shortly after coming to power. 2. He commissioned new battleships and submarines, and gave Hermann Goering the job of building a new Luftwaffe (air force). 3. In 1935 Hitler ordered the Reichswehr be re-formed as the Wehrmacht: he introduced compulsory military service and increased the army to 550,000 men. ...read more.


3. Private ownership of Non-Jewish ownership were not threatened provided firms conformed to requirements and many benefited. 4. In 1937 the government threatened with sabotage if industrialists opposed self-sufficiency. 5. New airplane factories were paid for by the sabotage 6. Daimler-Benz between 1932-1941 production improved 800% 7. ?Soon Germany will not be any different from Bolshevik Russia? ? Fritz Thyssen How successful was Nazi economic policies? 1. Hitler's economic policy was very successful, to the chagrin of the international bankers. 2. He brought Germany out of the depression without the use of any loans from the bankers. 3. In four to five years time after Hitler got elected, Germany was the most powerful nation in Europe. 4. Short term it was highly successful. 5. Long term it would not have been sustainable. This is why there was a Second World War. 6. Even had Germany won the War, it would not have been sustainable. ...read more.

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