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On March 7, 1936, Germany was ready to change the status quo. Before dawn, the first freight trains, loaded with field artillery and draft horses, began rolling toward the eastern bank of the Rhine. But Hitler was taking a decidedly cautious approach, sending only about 30,000 soldiers into the demilitarized zone and allowing only 3,000 men to cross the river and advance to the border. The soldiers were under orders to avoid combat with the French at all costs, and to remain ready at all times to retreat within an hour.
The French, for their part, did nothing in response. While residents of the Rhineland and Saarland regions cheered on the troops, the French cabinet met in Paris. Prime Minister Albert Sarraut was determined not to allow the Germans to take control of the zone "unilaterally." As he would later report, he was one of very few people in France to hold this view. The people, the parties and his fellow politicians were all still traumatized by World War I, which was waged largely on French soil.
'I Have Never Really Endured Such Fear'
When French Chief of Staff Maurice Gamelin, choosing his words carefully, told the cabinet that a French advance would likely encounter the greatest German resistance, probably leading to war, and that France was not prepared for an offensive campaign, the cabinet members nodded approvingly and decided to leave the next move up to the British. Only if they joined in would the French take an active role, they concluded.
But London wasn't about to play along. If the French were unwilling to make a move, why should Britain send its sons to risk their lives?
At the time, French intelligence arrived at an absurd estimate of 295,000 German troops in the Rhineland. The specialists had included members of the SS, SA and other Nazi organizations in their count. Today, we know that a single division would have been sufficient to drive out Hitler's soldiers.
"I have never really endured such fear … If the French had been truly serious, it would have been the greatest possible political defeat for me," Hitler later told a confidant.
Originally posted by Anti-Evil
because he was one really Lucky SOB... numerous attempts at taking him out all failed. even, he escaped the Russians.
and was rumored to have died in the 70's a old broken man, in Brazil and another report said Belieze. maybe they are all wrong and his burned beyond recognition body was in deed hitler, the Illuminati words "Beyond Recognizition points to him surviving the Russians.
Originally posted by seagull
It's easy to look back in hindsite and say they should have known...less easy when you're living the events. IMHO.
Originally posted by punkinworks
reply to post by Dermo
The real title should read
"Why didnt the German people do something to stop Hitler"
Blaming the french and poles and czecks for being invaded?
Czechoslovakia was taken over because we were betrayed by the French
Originally posted by Dermo
In the article, it also blames the Brits for giving Hitler the green light to take over certain areas of Czechoslovakia that were disputed. Although they also warned him not to use violence.