HIS103Y1 Lecture Notes - Heinz Guderian, Anschluss, Operation Sea Lion
But indisputable consistency of long-term goals: mar 7 1936- germany reoccupied demilitarized rhineland -great gamble- german army weak. French case- governing french popular front- left of centre neither radical or socialist: france most could afford to do for czech was military distraction in rhine, but inaccurate- driven by political unpopularity of intervention. We"ll have to make up for that in less than 10 years . 26 jan 1934- stalin offered peaceful cooperation with germany as long as didn"t threaten ussr: on same day, hitler concluded the nazi-polish non-aggression pact-directed against russia. Spring 1934- russia proposed mutual agreement would call another in times of crises: soviets hoped that it would be basis of a larger agreement, laval- right wing french politician came to power- made agreement into law. 18 dec 1940- operation barbarossa - war of annihilation: german soldiers some reservations- russians would fight back with their lives.