The historian A. J. P. Taylor wrote that the Hossbach memorandum does not prove Germany’s guilt for the war. The meeting on 5. of November basicly. The Hossbach memorandum – a summary of a meeting between Hitler, ministers and military commanders, where war plans were discussed. Consideration of the Hossbach Memorandum has played a significant role in deciding the question of Hitler’s intention to wage war in Europe.

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Raeder was replaced as Navy Commander in January Significant indications of this were:. But over all, the document presented at Nuremberg is less than half the length of the original Hossbach manuscript. Neither the air force Luftwaffe nor the army Wehrmacht wanted to see any reductions of their steel allocations. Our agreements with Poland only retained their force as long as Germany’s strength remained unshaken. The latter arrested him and he was therefore in their custody when the war ended.

The Hossbach ‘Protocol’ (Review)

It was in fulfillment of that role that he was present at the meeting that bears his name. Arms and the Covenant Why England Slept.

If, then, we accept the security of our food situation as the principal question, the space necessary to insure it can only be sought in Europe, not, as in the liberal-capitalist view, in the exploitation of colonies.

The British motherland was able to protect her colonial possessions not by her own power, but only in alliance with other states. If internal strife in France should develop into such a domestic crisis as to absorb the French Army completely and render it incapable of use for war against Germany, then the time for action against the Czechs had come.

The Hossbach Memorandum

Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. Sign in or sign emmorandum and post using a HubPages Network account. If one considered the length of time which Franco’s offensives had taken up till now, it was fully possible that the war would continue another 3 years.

Historians have continued to argue ever since about whether the Hossbach meeting marked a turning point in the events leading to World War II, or whether it is wrong to see the Memorandum in this light. Our relative strength would decrease in relation to the rearmament which would by then have been carried out by the rest of the world. As such, Fritsch, Blomberg and Neurath advised Hitler to wait until Germany had more time to rearm before pursuing a high-risk strategy of pursuing localized wars that was likely to trigger a general war before Germany was ready for such a war all of those present at the conference had no moral objections to Hitler’s strategy, but they were divided only on timing [9] By FebruaryNeurath, Fritsch and Blomberg had been removed from their positions.


France’s position was more favorable than that of Britain. As with many incidents in history, it is always difficult to view an event in isolation from the events that followed it.

Or if France became so embroiled in war probably with Italy that she could not take action against Germany, then Germany should seize Czechia and Austria simultaneously. Taylor also stipulated that the meeting was most likely a piece of internal politics, and he pointed out that Hitler could have been trying to encourage the gathering’s members to put pressure on Reich Minister of Economics and President mmemorandum the ReichsbankHjalmar Schachtto release more funding for rearmament.

The Origins of the Second World War – after A. J. P. Taylor

Whatever else might prove necessary later must be left to succeeding generations to deal with. General von Fritsch mentioned that this was the very purpose of a study which he had ordered made this winter, namely, to examine the possibility of conducting operations against the Czechs with special reference to overcoming the Czech fortification system; the General further expressed his opinion. The time for our attack on the Czechs and Austria must be made dependent memorabdum the course of the Anglo-French-Italian war and hossbch not necessarily coincide with the commencement of military operations by these three States.

The aim of German policy was to make secure and to preserve the racial community hosxbach and to enlarge it. He was an intimate friend of General Ludwig Beck, who was executed in for his leading role in the conspiracy hsosbach tried to assassinate Hitler and overthrow the government. Koch, a Lecturer at the University of York Englandfurther dismantled the legend in a article which concluded that the infamous protocol would be “inadmissible in any other court except the Nuremberg tribunal.

On the assumption of a development of the Situation leading to action: Because of opposition of the Dominions, Britain could not cede any of her colonial possessions to us.

The Hossbach Memorandum was the summary of a meeting in Berlin on 5 November between German dictator Adolf Hitler and his military and foreign policy leadership in which Hitler’s future expansionist policies were outlined. This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.


Kluge has done an admirable job of assembling his material, which is drawn not only from all the available published and documentary sources, but also from numerous private interviews and correspondence with key witnesses.

Actually, the Fuehrer believed that almost certainly Britain, and probably France as well, had already tacitly written off the Czechs and were reconciled to the fact that this question could be cleared up in due course by Germany.

Germany’s problem could only be solved by means of force and this was never without attendant risk. The Fuhrer began by stating that the subject of the present conference was of such importance that its discussion would, in other countries, certainly be a matter for a full Cabinet meeting… He wished to explain to the gentlemen present his basic ideas concerning the opportunities for the development of our position in the field of foreign affairs….

On the other hand, a percent victory for Franco was not desirable either, from the German point of view; rather were we interested in a continuance of the war and in the keeping up of the tension in the Mediterranean.

He stated that if he dies, the contents of the conference were to be regarded as his “political testament”. Hitler announced no new course in German foreign policy, much less a plan for aggressive war. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized. The fruits of the increased agricultural production had all gone to meet the increased demand, and so did not represent an absolute production increase.

The Hossbach Memorandum

The change marked a total reversal of Hitler’s view of Britain. Nor was a French march through Belgium and Holland without British support to be expected; this also was a course not to be contemplated by us in the event of a conflict with France, because it would certainly entail the hostility of Britain. Instead of increase, sterility was setting in, and in its train disorders of a social character must arise in course of time, since political and ideological ideas remain effective only so long as they furnish the basis for the realization of the essential vital demands of a people.

Contending historians have also pointed out that rearmament is an integral part of a preparation for conflict.