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What was the oath of loyalty sworn to Hitler by the armed forces?
"I swear by God this sacred oath: that I will render unconditional obedience to the Fuhrer of the German Reich and people"
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When was the forced resignation of Field Marshal Blomberg and General Fritsch, and purge of the army leadership?
Feb 1938
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When was the Hossbach conference meeting?
5th November 1928
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What encouraged the generals to support the Nazi regime?
The expansion of the rearmament programme from 1935, Hitler's reintroduction of conscription in March 1935, thereby increasing the army size to 550,000, and the diplomatic successes over the Saar and the Rhineland
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What happened at the Hossbach conference meeting?
Hitler outlined to Germany's chiefs of the armed forces his foreign policy aims for military expansion, Blomberg and Fritsch expressed concerns about Germany's state of military unpreparedness, convincing Hitler that the army leaders were spineless
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How did Hitler subordinate the army to himself in 1938?
He abolished the post of Defence Minister and took the title Commander-in-Chief and Minister of War himself, the new High Command and Commander-in-Chief of the Army were both supporters of the regime
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As a result of the army purge of February 1938 how many generals were retired? and, how many transferred?
Retired: 16; transferred: 44
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Why did the army become a vital pillar of the Nazi regime in the early years?
Conditioned by their traditions of obedience, loyalty and patriotism, they were encouraged by the authoritarian position of the Third Reich
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