British German Naval Agreement 1935

Ribbentrop went to London on 2 June 1935 for interviews that began on 4 June 1935. The talks took place at the British Admiralty office with Secretary of State Sir John Simon at the head of the British delegation and Ribbentrop at the head of the German delegation. Very determined to succeed in his mission, Ribbentrop began his discussions by declaring that Britain should accept the ratio of 35 to 100 tonnes as “firm and immutable”. He said that if they did not, his German delegation would immediately return home and that Germany would start building its navy in any capacity desired. He neglected, as did other German politicians, that Britain must react not only to the danger of a purely marine rival, but also to the supremacy of Europe by any aggressive military power, especially when that power is able to threaten the Dutch and the canal ports. British debt could never be acquired by trading one factor against the other, and every country that tried to do so would necessarily cause disappointment and disillusionment, as Germany did. [59] June 18, 2010 will mark the 75th anniversary of the 1935 Anglo-German Naval Agreement, perhaps not a date of celebration, as it proved to be one of the milestones in the appeasement of Nazi Germany until the beginning of World War II. Baldwin`s conservative-dominated national government wanted to show its support for disarmament after the horrors of the First World War. Although the conclusion of a bilateral maritime agreement with Germany was controversial, it considered it an important step to bring Germany into the constraints of international agreements and limit its military construction.

Yet Hitler implicitly agreed to extend the German navy beyond the borders imposed by the Treaty of Versaille, and it did so unilaterally by its former war allies. The general tone of the party`s Hints for Speakers, published before the 1935 parliamentary elections for the army of speakers and party spokesman, was one of the end signs of the government`s end for collective disarmament.