Battleship Bismarck: A Survivor's Story by Baron Burkard Von Mullenheim-Rechberg, Jack Sweetman

By Baron Burkard Von Mullenheim-Rechberg, Jack Sweetman

This booklet chronicles the quick existence and violent finish of the nice German capitol send Bismarck.

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I have therefore made a clear demand: Danzig and the Corridor must return to Germany. The Macedonian condition on our eastern border must be resolved . . settling . . the question one way or the other . . but I see . . ” “To resolve the question one way or the other . . intolerable,” enough of the familiar Hitler vocabulary, this time threatening and framing an ultimatum. Yes, of course, Versailles must be revised. —and thus I began my silent dialogue with him—Versailles as a convenient cover for one’s megalomania: and announcing, “but I see .

I hardly convinced him of that, and, indeed, I myself had known for a long time that our territorial annexations and demands for indemnities had turned out to be highly unwise. But as a national-minded German with a sense of political obligation to Germany toward the outside world, I had chosen to give a substantive answer in preference to the immature alternative—recently become fashionable in such cases—of referring to the fact that I was seven years old at the time and demonstrably devoid of civic responsibility.

And now to negotiate the cession of the Sudentenland to the Reich? “A. H. [Adolf Hitler] can scarcely contain himself when the word negotiation is mentioned,” on 27 September 1938 the British naval attaché in Berlin, Captain R. N. T. Troubridge, recorded in his diary, the impression of his diplomatic colleague Ivone Kirkpatrick, who as interpreter had taken part in Hitler’s conversations with Chamberlain at Bad Godesberg and Munich. And on 23 October Troubridge noted his own impression of the events surrounding the Munich Conference: “It is indeed more and more apparent that the man wanted his war and is furious at having been done out of it.

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