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  • Cyberknight
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    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.

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  • The Purist
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    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.

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  • Cyberknight
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    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.

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  • Carl Schwamberg
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    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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  • peteratwar
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    Unlikely he would have invaded then. However, without outright annexation the French would have left eventually.

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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?

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