Hitler's developing relationship with Mussolini by 1936 had ensured that Italy would not object. The French agreement wth the Soviets in 1936 gave Hitler a pretext for action.
Hitler's developing relationship with Mussolini by 1936 had ensured that Italy would not object. The French agreement wth the Soviets in 1936 gave Hitler a pretext for action.This allowed Hitler the ability to appeal to the anti-Communist forces in Britain and France to dnounce the Locarno Pact.In more recent years it has become seen as the area populated by German-speaking people west of the middle and lower Rhine.
Figure 1.--Here German troops cross the Rhine to recoccupy the Rhineland.
This 1936 photograph captures the moment when German troops crossed one of the Rhine bridges and were greeted by the jubilant population.
The Americans and British with the Hundred Day Offensive, broke the German lines wide open on the Western Front (August-November 1918).
This forced the Germans to to ask for an Armistice which finally ended the War (November 1918).
French authorities had been in control of the Saarland.
Germany was in control of the Rhineland, they were simply not allowed to militarize it.
This was one of the restictions that Hitler railed against in his speeches.
The situation in the Rhineland was different than in Saarland.
The war on the Western Front was fought in Belgiunm and northern France where there was trendous destruction.
The Saarland wss seen as a separate area, largely because the French had hope of annexing it.