How Far Was the Treaty of Versailles to Blame for the Outbreak of War in 1939

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The Treaty of Versailles was to blame for the outbreak of war in 1939, firstly, because its one of Hitler's main aims to destroy the treaty in his foreign policy. Many Germans, including the Nazis, felt the treaty was incredibly unfair on Germany. The treaty placed restrictions on the German military, for example, only 100,000 men in the army, 6 battleships, no airforce, submarines or tanks, and only 15,000 men in the army. This would have decreased the national pride in Germany and many extremist dictators would want to rearm to restore the German pride. This meant that tensions would increase because the Germans would have wanted revenge, thus meaning a war would be very possible. Furthermore, the treaty was to blame because it placed many land restrictions on Germany. Germany lost 13% of its land and 10% of its population. For example, Germany lost the Sudetenland to Czechoslovakia, Danzig became a free city, North Schleswig went to Denmark, the Saar region was under the control of the League of Nation's for 15 years and an Anschluss (union) with Austria was forbidden. Again, one of the main aims of Hitler's foreign policy was to unite all German speakers. In the Sudetenland, there were 3 million German speakers, the Saar was once part of Germany and 8 million Austrians spoke German. To regain these lost German speakers, it meant that Germany would have to invade these areas of land, which broke the rules of the treaty and also the League. This would mean Germany would have to go to war to fulfill Hitler's aims. However, the Treaty of Versailles was not to blame for the outbreak of war, rather because of the policy of appeasement which was adopted by Britain and France. When Hitler threatened to take the Sudetenland in 1938, there was a conference in Munich between the USSR, Britain, France and Germany to decide what should be done. Czechoslovakia was not
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