The Remilitarization Of The Rhineland Essay
The announcement of the remilitarization of the Rhineland to the German people caused tremendous joy and nationalism throughout the nation gaining Hitler complete support. Hitler’s military commanders initially advised against the remilitarization, but news of the successful operation gained Hitler more respect within the military. With complete support of the German people and army Hitler’s confidence rose and so did his control over the army.
When Hitler remilitarized the Rhineland, in 1936, this marked his first act of aggression. "To the question that naturally arises, of whether Hitler might have been deterred had he known in advance that he would be met with serious military resistance, the answer is that this might have been so because we know now how strongly the German generals were opposed to sending troops into the Rhineland to face a risk of this kind. The rebuilding of the German army was still at …show more content…
This was Hitler’s initial act of aggression that gave him the confidence and security to continue. It illustrated to the German army that Hitler was capable leader worthy of their support. It exposed the weakness of the League of Nations and allowed Hitler to intimidate them with a policy of aggression. If France had met German forces at the Rhineland they would’ve surely retreated and support for Hitler would’ve diminished. The Rhineland was also a manufacturing hub and allowed the rearmament process to rapidly speed up, increasing military support. This successful military operation gained Hitler support of all of the Germans and the military, which initiated other military operations to be conducted. Although the occupation of Czechoslovakia was equally significant regarding military success, it did not drastically change the military’s view of Hitler like the Rhineland. With all Germans behind Hitler, including the military, his rule was absolute and would go unquestioned. The world lost its final opportunity to stop Hitler after the militarization of the Rhineland, because after that Hitler 's confidence soared and so did his army. The Rhineland was the first of many dominos to fall in Hitler’s quest for