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Which of the four main parts of the Treaty of Versailles punished Germany the most?

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´╗┐Shawda Aziz Which of the four main parts of the Treaty of Versailles punished Germany the most? The Treaty of Versailles, which included the Allies, punished Germany because they felt that Germany were responsible for the major devastation of the war. Countries that had fought in the war were economically exhausted and most of the industries were in a very bad state. They were many casualties in the war and almost every family lost a member. The French land had been damaged and the Germans were held responsible. There was a strong feeling that Germany should pay for the damage and destruction caused by the way. France wanted to punish and cripple Germany so that they could not start another way. ...read more.

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Also, Danzig and Memel was over by the League of Nations. More and more land was restricted from the power of Germany, decreasing the ?power? they once had. In addition, the Saarland was taken over by the League of Nations for the next 15 years. To add to the punishment, Germany lost all of its overseas colonies. They were run by the victorious powers on behalf of the League of Nations. Another main part of the Treaty of Versailles that punished Germany was the military terms which hindered the growth in Germany?s army. Germany was not allowed any armoured cars, tanks, aircrafts or submarines. The German army were reduced to just 100,000 men, this angered the Freikorps as they had helped the Weimar Republic, the government running Germany ...read more.

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This meant that the victorious powers could demand compensation from Germany for the damage caused by the war. This was also known as the reparations. The War Guilt Clause was added in order to get the French and Belgians to agree to reduce the sum of money that Germany would have to pay to compensate for war damage. The article was seen as a concession to the Germans by the negotiators. It was bitterly resented, however, by virtually all Germans who did not believe they were responsible for the outbreak of the war. This article was a constant thorn in the side of the Weimar leaders who tried to meet the terms of the agreement while trying to have these terms modified. Ultimately, the Reparations Commissions fixed the sum at £6.6billion, which had to be paid in annual installments. ...read more.

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