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August 1936

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For two weeks in 1-16 August 1936, Adolf Hitler's national socialist dictatorship camouflaged its anti-Semitic, militaristic character while hosting the Summer Olympics. Minimising its anti-Semitic schedule and plans for territorial enlargement, the regime exploited the Games to impress many foreign spectators and journalists with an image of a peaceful, tolerant Germany. Having declined a proposed boycott of the 1936 Olympics, the United States government and other western democracies missed the chance to take a stand that modern-day commentators claimed might have restrained Adolf Hitler and bolstered international opposition to national socialist tyranny. After the Olympics, Germany's expansionism and the persecution of the Israelites and other enemies of the state speeded up, climaxing in Second World War and the final solution.

On 1 August 1936, a pro-Republican rally of 20,000 people confronted Léon Blum demanding that he send aircraft to the Republicans at the same time as right-wing politicians attacked Léon Blum for supporting the Republic and being responsible for provoking Italian intervention on the side of Franco. Germany informed the French ambassador in Berlin that Germany would hold France responsible if it supported the manoeuvres of Moscow by supporting the Republicans.

The French government provided aircraft to the Republicans through covert means with Potez 54 bomber aircraft, Dewoitine aircraft, and Loire 46 fighter aircraft being sent from 7 August 1936 to December of that year to Republican forces.

Spain under the pretext of keeping foreign nations out of the conflict, even though leading government figures were aware of heavy Italian and German involvement as early as August 1936. The blockade ensured the Republic received little support from abroad while private interests in Great Britain and the United States, among other democracies, sent considerable material aid to Franco.

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The Second Great War.
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The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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