Orders to Reconstruct Germany's Luftwaffe Issued by Adolf Hitler

Orders to Reconstruct Germany's Luftwaffe Issued by Adolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler
Source: Deutsches Bundesarchiv

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Adolf Hitler issues orders to have Germany's Luftwaffe (air force) be reconstructed. This is a violation of provisions in the Treaty of Versailles and an early indication of Hitler's long-term plans not just to abandon international agreements, but to launch wars of aggression.

Germany had already been training pilots in combat aircraft with the help of the Soviet Union since 1924. Once the Luftwaffe is officially reformed, though, the secrecy is gone. Yet Britain and France do absolutely nothing to sanction Germany for this violation of the Treaty of Versailles.


Luftwaffe in Action - Air War over Europe 1943-44

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