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"The forty-eight hours after the march into the Rhineland were the most nerve-racking in my life. If the French had then marched into the Rhineland, we would have had to withdraw with our tails between our legs, for the military resources at our disposal would have been wholly inadequate for even a moderate resistance."

This "quote" of Hitler's is now being used to justify arming the Ukrainian Army. It will undoubtedly succeed because "we all know" that, had the Allies stood up to Hitler, nothing bad would ever have happened.

What will be conveniently ignored are these trivial facts:

(1) The only two European victors in WW II - Britain and the Soviet Union -both supported the German military reoccupation of the Rhineland over France's objections.

(2) The actual testimony at the Nuremberg trials of the source of the quote, Paul Schmidt, who was the German Foreign Ministry's translator.

"Considerable fear had been expressed, particularly in military circles, concerning the risks of this undertaking. Similar fears were felt by many in the Foreign Office. It was common knowledge in the Foreign Office, however, that Neurath was the only person in government circles, consulted by Hitler, who felt confident that the Rhineland could be remilitarized without armed opposition from Britain and France. Neurath's position throughout this period was one which would induce Hitler to have more faith in Neurath than in the general run of 'old school' diplomats whom Hitler tended to hold in disrespect."

Source: http://avalon.law.yale.edu/imt/03-28-46.asp


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