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  • What if the French never left the Rhineland?

    If the French army never left the Rhineland what would Hitler do? Would he wait longer or invade with his 500,000 compared to the French's over a million army?

  • #2
    Unlikely he would have invaded then. However, without outright annexation the French would have left eventually.

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    • #3
      Remaining in the Rhineland implys France still has political support, internaly, and externaly, for enforcing the Versailles Treaty. Possibly some new more workable understanding would have been worked out between the Weinmar government and France.

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      • #4
        IMO, if the French had never left the Rhineland, Hitler would not have been perceived as right or capable by the German people and would have been ousted.
        "I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them."
        George Mason
        Co-author of the Second Amendment
        during Virginia’s Convention to Ratify the Constitution, 1788

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Cyberknight View Post
          IMO, if the French had never left the Rhineland, Hitler would not have been perceived as right or capable by the German people and would have been ousted.
          What makes you think that?

          By 1936 the Nazis had already solified power and the instruments of dictatorship were already well emplaced. The SA (and to a lesser extent the SS) were very strong and the army already on board for the ride. The fact is that the western democracies and the League of Nations had no desire for enforcing the Versailles Treaty terms and France (a democracy) was neither economically nor politically stable enough to oppose Germany on her own. The risk of war was too great.

          Had France had the backing of the UK and/or the United States she was more than willing to act.
          The Purist

          Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking - John Maynard Keynes.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by The Purist View Post
            What makes you think that?

            By 1936 the Nazis had already solified power and the instruments of dictatorship were already well emplaced. The SA (and to a lesser extent the SS) were very strong and the army already on board for the ride. The fact is that the western democracies and the League of Nations had no desire for enforcing the Versailles Treaty terms and France (a democracy) was neither economically nor politically stable enough to oppose Germany on her own. The risk of war was too great.

            Had France had the backing of the UK and/or the United States she was more than willing to act.
            The question assumes, with all due respect, that in this instance they did stand up.

            Bad for Germany but had the French stood fast once Hitler would not have continued West IMO. He did not yet have the forces. Without victories, Hitler was gone.
            "I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them."
            George Mason
            Co-author of the Second Amendment
            during Virginia’s Convention to Ratify the Constitution, 1788

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