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November 1937

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The Hossbach Memorandum was held on 5 November 1937 by Adolf Hitler and his military and foreign policy leadership where Adolf Hitler's future expansionist policies were outlined. The meeting marked a turning point in Adolf Hitler's foreign policies, which then began to radicalise. It outlined Adolf Hitler's plans for expansion in Europe. According to the Memorandum, Adolf Hitler did not want war in 1939 with Britain and France. What he wanted was small wars of plunder to help support Germany's struggling economy although the National Socialists never let on about their financial problems. Adolf Hitler wanted a full-scale European war with Britain and France between 1941, 1944 and 1945. The memorandum was named for the keeper of the minutes of the meeting, Adolf Hitler's military adjutant, Colonel Count Friedrich Hossbach. Besides Colonel Hossbach and Adolf Hitler, those attending the meeting were the Reich Foreign Minister Konstantin von Neurath, the Reich War Minister Field Marshal Werner von Blomberg, the Army Commander General Werner von Fritsch, the Kriegsmarine Commander Admiral Erich Raeder and the Luftwaffe Commander Hermann Göring.

On 6 November 1937, Italy joins the Anti-Comintern Pact.

On 10 November 1937, The Hossbach Memorandum was completed, which outlined Adolf Hitler's plans for German autarchy and future expansion.

M9 Minesweeper
Launched 16 November 1937

R21 R-boat
Launched 17 November 1937

Lord Halifax met Adolf Hitler at Berchtesgaden in southern Germany on 19 November 1937, he failed to achieve any official agreements with the German leader, and gave Adolf Hitler's the confidence that the current British government would be likely to concede to future German demands. Upon his return, Lord Halifax reported that Adolf Hitler did not appear to be pursuing war.

T5 Torpedo boat
Launched 22 November 1937

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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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