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March 1936

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On 7 March 1936, Nineteen Wehrmacht infantry battalions and a handful of Luftwaffe aircraft entered the Rhineland. They reached the river Rhine by 11:00 a.m. and then three battalions crossed to the west bank of the Rhine. When Wehrmacht reconnaissance learned that thousands of French soldiers were congregating on the Franco-German border, General Werner von Blomberg implored Adolf Hitler to evacuate the German forces. Adolf Hitler asked whether the French forces had actually crossed the border and when informed that they hadn't, Adolf Hitler assured Werner von Blomberg that they would wait until this happened. In marked contrast to Werner von Blomberg who was highly anxious during Operation Winter Exercise, Konstantin von Neurath stayed calm and very much urged Adolf Hitler to stay the course.

On 7 March 1936, Werner Mölders flew missions over the Rhineland region of Germany.

On 7 March 1936 Germany denounced the treaty of Locarno and reoccupied the demilitarised Rhineland zone.

Adolf Hitler On 7 March 1936 in a speech to the Reichstag said. Germany will never break the peace of Europe. After three years, I can regard the struggle the for German equality as concluded today. We have no territorial demands to make in Europe. We are aware, above all, that all the causes of tension, which arise as a result either a faulty territorial provisions or of a disproportion between the size of populations and their living space cannot be solved by means of war in Europe. At the same time, we hope that human wisdom will help mitigate the painful effects of these conditions and to remove the causes of tension by way of gradual evolutionary development in peaceful collaboration.

F3 Escort
Commissioned 7 March 1936

Adolf Hitler spoke publicly at Karlsruhe on 13 March 1936, Germany.

Z5 Paul Jakobi Destroyer
Launched 24 March 1936

Z9 Wolfgang Zenker Destroyer
Launched 27 March 1936

29 March 1936, The Reichstag elections recorded a record turnout of 98.8%, although the rules had been changed in respect of spoilt papers-in that all ballot papers left blank were counted as a vote for the National Socialists candidate, and only where the voter had specifically written No against a candidate's name were they counted as a vote against.

Heinz Guderian, a German general interviewed by French officers after the Second World War, claimed: If you French had intervened in the Rhineland in 1936 we should have been sunk and Adolf Hitler would have fallen.

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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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