Although the popular belief that that treaty of Versailles was unfair, in Britain, was a
contributing reason why the British government did not intervene when Hitler invaded the
Rhineland it does not necessarily mean it was the leading factor. Reasons such as horror
of war, weakness of the League of Nations, unpreparedness for war, mistrust of allies, and
the belief Hitler was a reasonable politician that had reasonable demands, effected
Britain’s choice the remain removed.
A large part of Britain’s population, by the 1930’s, was concerned that the treaty of
Versailles had been far too hard on Germany. There was a sincere sense of pity for the
Germans, so when Hitler occupied the Rhineland there was no mass furore and instead
the British government disregarded the invasion with the ideal that Germany was only
“going into their own back yard” and didn't see it a strong enough reason to go to war.
With World War One still impacting heavily on Britain, the horrors of war were enough
to sway many people and ex-soldiers to not intervene. The once optimistic men that
marched into conscription offices, doing their best to look older and be drawn in, to make a
legacy and come home with glory, was replaced with pessimism of wether war was worth
it. Waves of shock were being felt in the economy, sadness of the thousands of lives cut
short and land mutilation was terrifying to think of happening again for something so
minute like re-occupation.
The League of Nations position in 1935 was weakened. Britain and France were
divided when Hitler refused to withdraw his troops. It pressured the League of Nations to
act, France was on the verge of a general election and would not act without Britain’s
support so when Britain found it useless because they believed the treaty to be over-
restrictive to protest, no one acted on the situation.
Britain after World War One lacked the preparation for another war due to the policy of...