The unification of Germany was to destabilize European affairs in the late Nineteenth Century, making WWI inevitable and sowing the seeds for WWII. The author provides a very competent review of the way in which Germany responded to its defeat in WWI and how that presented the opportunities for Hitler and the NSDP to come to power, creating the inevitability of a new and terrible war – Very Highly Recommended
NAME: German Military and the Weimar Republic FILE: R3227 AUTHOR: Karen Schaefer PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword BINDING: hard back PRICE: £25.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWII, World War II, World War 2, Second World War, WWI, World War I, World War 1, First World War, The Great War, Armistice, Peace Treaty, Weimar Republic, covert military re-equipment, NSDP, Adolf Hitler, Rhineland, German expansion ISBN: 1-52676-432-6 PAGES: 274 IMAGE: B3227.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/yy37dcln LINKS: DESCRIPTION: The unification of Germany was to destabilize European affairs in the late Nineteenth Century, making WWI inevitable and sowing the seeds for WWII. The author provides a very competent review of the way in which Germany responded to its defeat in WWI and how that presented the opportunities for Hitler and the NSDP to come to power, creating the inevitability of a new and terrible war – Very Highly Recommended
The drive to demonize Hitler and to focus on his military aggression has largely hidden the underlying German progress towards WWII. When the Germans were forced to accept an Armistice in 1918 and accept a very unfavourable Treaty of Versailles, the Allies made a series of serious mistakes. Many of these were a result of US involvement in the process with well-meaning ambitions but a severe lack of experience. That combined with French desire for revenge and French domination in Europe.
The result was that the Germany Army was allowed to withdraw from the trenches with their arms, creating the dangerous myth that the Germany Army was undefeated and had been betrayed by its politicians and the Jews. When the Treaty of Versailles then demanded huge war reparations, the destruction of all military aircraft, surrender of all German naval vessels, and the destruction of arms, with a major reduction of the size of the army, Germans were naturally resentful. They also feared a Communist rising and many soldiers joined the Black Reichswehr which was well equipped with artillery, transport and small arms, operating as a trained gang at the invitation of cities and States of Germany to put down soviet rebellion. It was a turbulent time , economically, socially, politically and militarily, as the German senior officers attempted to rebuild a peacetime army and undertake development of prohibited weapons in the Soviet Union.
The Allies further compounded the situation by then moving to appeasement. That indicated weakness and encouraged all those Germans who felt oppressed and determined to rise again. It was the perfect environment for radical extreme Parties to flourish and the choice was between Communism and the NSDP. Hitler turned the NSDP into a Party that played to all of the vulnerabilities of the mass of Germans.
The author offers a balanced review of the people and the period as it moved almost seamlessly from Kaiser to Fuhrer and again threatened the stability of Europe. A photo-plate section provides illustrative support to the engaging text.