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The Gathering Storm: The German Armed Forces In The Interwar Period

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Germany and its allies were wholly responsible for the outbreak of the First World War. One of the consequences of this Kriegsschuldartikel was that a number of restrictions were imposed on the Weimar Republic in terms of the structure and size of its armed forces. The German industry indeed did its utmost to meet the demand, but the result of the rearmament was limited nonetheless. Up until the military occupation of the whole of Czechoslovakia, Hitler had managed to avoid a situation in which the territorial expansions of the Third Reich would lead led to a general European military conflict. The Westfeldzug was part of the land war and focused primarily on defeating France. In the 18th Armys plan of attack, the 1st Cavalry Division played a subordinate role. The divisions task was to occupy the northern provinces and then cross the IJsselmeer to breach Fortress Holland near Enkhuizen.

Keywords: 18th Army; German armed forces; German rearmament; Westfeldzug



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