Adolf Hitler by John Toland (PT9)

The following year would bring more political hurdles for Hitler to overcome, namely, the opposition he faced in segments of the armed forces as well as the question of diplomacy with England. Both problems vexed him to a great degree and stood as obstacles to him courting complete power.

The question of the interior opposition he faced inside the armed forces was readily solved, however. This solution came in the form, as it usually did, of forged documents and evidence. Fritsch and Blomberg, the two who most opposed the Furor’s intentions (war with England and France) subsequently found themselves mired in charges of indecent sexual conduct; Fritsch was accused of molesting several Hitler Youth members while Blomberg’s marriage to a one-time prostitute spelt the end of his immediate career. Both were dismissed as soon as the situation allowed whereupon Hitler took into his hands complete control over Germany’s armed forces.

If such a hastily attacked seemed stringently quick it certainly was and for good reason. This was due to the Furor’s resolution that war with England was inevitable. Meeting with the new head of state (Mr. Chamberlin) only convinced Hitler that England would be a nuisance to his plans; to adequately face this threat, argued Hitler, Germany’s rearmament must be finished with posthaste. To do this all opposition must be cleared hence the absurd charges against Fritsch and the crude manner of dealing with Blomberg were justified in Hitler’s mind.

Of course this is continuing on the route that to Hitler everything was justified since he, as he thought of his future, was preordained. He was fanatically connived of his life’s goal to the extent that he felt confident enough to proceed onto to solving the “Austrian Problem”.

This took the form of a stormy meeting with the heads of the Austrian state. During their meeting Hitler blatantly accused them of mistreating native Germans. He ranted on endlessly about the supposed slights against German honor, of Austrian “high treason”, and of his own demands; bluntly giving light to his ideas he pressed the Austrian Chancellor to ratify an agreement which is passed would essentially hand over power to local Nazis.

While the treaty was eventually signed, but only after great disagreement, the overall goal of Hitler was still far from reached. Indeed in Austria proper Patriotic organizations still outnumbered the pro-Nazi mobs. This was in addition to the leading president refusing some of the more draconian Germany demands. Such resistance was of course anathema to Hitler: he ordered an invasion.

Highly political the invasion was more of a hastily made real bluff than an actual force capable of fighting resisting elements. Lucky for Hitler that the police and military were already so infiltrated with Nazi members and sympathizers that when the troops finally crossed the border they were met with not legions of warriors but crowds of jubilant partiers; it has seemed that the corruption in the state apparatus combined with the brash German actions had silenced anti-Hitler dissent thus sealing Austria’s future.

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