French Fighters of World War II in Action (Aircraft 1180)
By Alain Pelletier, Richard Hudson
Publisher: Squadron/Signal Publications 2002 51 Pages
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Nazi Party Fuhrer (Leader) Adolf Hitler became Germany's Chancellor on 30 January 1933. He and the Nazis rode a popular tide to power, based upon discontent in a nation humiliated by defeat in World War One and the harsh terms of the Treaty of Versailles. This 1919 treaty - imposed by the victorious Allies (France. Great Britain, the United States, and Italy) - forbade Germany an air force and a large army with offensive weapons. The Germans began openly defying the Treaty of Versailles soon after Hitler took power. On 27 April 1933. the Germans created the Reichsluftfahrtministerium (RLM: Reich Air Ministry), led by World War One Air ace Hermann Goring. His deputy was Eifaard Milch. Chairman of Germany's state-run airline Lufthansa. The RLM supervised the creation of the Luftwaffe (German Air Force), while was publicly revealed on I March 1935. Nazi Germany's threat to European peace grew during the 1930s and greatly concerned its neighbors, including France - the largest neighbor to Gcrmanv's west.