Marc Schulman

 


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Reoccupation of Rhineland

German Troops in the Rhine

On March 7th 1936 Adolph Hitler stated that he was abrogating the Locarno pact and having the German army occupy what had been the demilitirized Rhineland. He claimed it was Germany's right to take this action in response to the treaty signed between France and the Soviet Union. The occupation to the Rhineland put German and French troops opposite each other for the first time since World War I. Hitler announced a peace program calling for the demilitirization of both sides of the French German borders effectively calling on the French to give up the Maginot Line, France's only line of defense. The British and the French complained about German actions but did nothing.