This is a project me and Juana Otaño had to do for our History class.
In 1936 Hitler moved troops into Germany´s area of the Rhineland. He knew this was a big risk, but he chose the time and place well.
The demilitarisation of the Rhineland was one of the terms of the Treaty of Versailles, and it had been accepted by Germany, so breaking this term was a big risk, because if he had been forced to withdraw, he would have been humiliated and would have lost the support of the German army.
France and the USSR had just signed a treaty to protect each other from German attack. Hitler used this agreement to claim that Germany was under threat. Britain would not interfere because many people in Britain felt that Hitler had the right to station his troops in the Rhineland, and he knew this.
The League of Nations condemned Hitler´s actions but had no power to do anything else. France, who was directly threatened by this move, didn’t know what to do, french leaders weren’t prepared to take responsibility for taking France into a war, and they didn´t knew weather the German army was weak or not. So, in the end, they decided not to act without the British support.
This is a map which shows where the Rhineland was, it was clear that the remilitarization of the Rhineland was a direct threat to France because it was near them, the rhineland, as we see, was the border between France and Germany.
This source shows the German troops marching to the rhineland, and all the crowd waving. This marching was known as goose-stepping.
Me and Jose Catani made an interview to hitler, we asked him about the Remilitarizarion if the Rhineland.