Background: The Nazis intended to
rearm Germany from the beginning. These are pictures from a 1935 book
titled Army, Navy and Air Force, a small book that wanted to demonstrate
that Germany was surrounded by hostile countries. The book includes numerous
photographs of the military of other countries. Here, I include maps and
charts demonstrating Germany’s claimed military inferiority.
The source: Hans Riegler, Heer, Flotte und Luftwaffe. Wehrpolitisches
Taschenbuch (Berlin: Verlag für vaterländische Literatur,
Army, Navy and
||The map is titled “Demilitarized Germany.”
The shaded areas are regions demilitarized under the Treaty of Versailles.
||The caption says: “With an insufficient military,
Germany can be blockaded both by land and sea.” Germany had suffered
considerably during World War I under the Allied blockade, something
the map suggests could happen again.
||The black areas are industrial zones. The caption reads:
“Germany’s industrial areas, unlike those of France, are defenseless
in defortified or even demilitarized border zones.”
||The table is titled “Military expenditures by the
great powers.” The chart to the left is per capita military
expenditures, the chart to the right military expenditures as a percentage
of the overall budget. The chart suggests that Germany is being greatly
outspent by the countries around it.
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