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February 1936

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10 February 1936 The Gestapo was moved outside normal civil law, answering only to Adolf Hitler via Heinrich Himmler.

10 February 1936 Ernst Udet was appointed the Inspector of Fighters and Dive Bombers of the German Luftwaffe.

Adolf Hitler met with Konstantin von Neurath and his Ambassador Joachim von Ribbentrop on 12 February 1936 to ask their opinion of the likely foreign response to remilitarisation Konstantin von Neurath endorsed remilitarisation, but contended that Germany should negotiate more before doing so while Joachim von Ribbentrop argued for unilateral remilitarisation at once. Joachim von Ribbentrop told Adolf Hitler that if France went to war in reaction to German remilitarisation, then United Kingdom would take arms with France, an assessment of the situation that Konstantin von Neurath did not agree with, but one that encouraged Adolf Hitler to go ahead with remilitarisation.

Adolf Hitler informed his War Minister on 12 February 1936, Field Marshal Werner von Blomberg, of his intentions and asked the head of the Army, General Werner von Fritsch, how long it would take to transport a few infantry battalions and an artillery battery into the Rhineland. Werner von Fritsch answered that it would take three days organisation but he was in favour of negotiation as he believed that the Wehrmacht was in no state for armed combat with the French Army.

On 13 February 1936, During a meeting with Prince Bismarck of the German Embassy in London, Ralph Wigram, the head of the Central Department of the British Foreign Office stated that the British government wanted a working agreement for air pact that would outlaw bombing, and that United Kingdom would consider revising Versailles and Locarno in Germany's favour for an air pact. Prince Bismarck reported to Berlin that Ralph Wigram had hinted quite strongly that the things that United Kingdom were willing to consider revising included remilitarisation.

On 22 February 1936, Benito Mussolini who was still angry about the League of Nations sanctions enforced against his country for aggression against Ethiopia told Ulrich von Hassell that Italy would dishonour Locarno if Germany were to remilitarise the Rhineland. Even if Benito Mussolini had wanted to honour Locarno, practical problems would have arisen as the bulk of the Italian Army was at that time engaged in the conquest of Abyssinia, and as there is no common Italian German frontier.

Adolf Hitler on 26 February 1936 spoke publicly about wanting everybody to be able to afford the People's car, Volkswagen.

F2 Escort
Commissioned 27 February 1936

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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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