>All done directly against the Versailles treaty
As opposed to the multiple violations of the Versailles treaty prior that were ignored?
The Versailles Treaty is universally considered to be the reason the Nazis gained support in the first place, because rather than following logical post-war reparations, they essentially shutdown the economy and independence of the country and drove millions of people into poverty.
>inb4 Germany started WW-1 or some other dumbshit
WW-1 was the expected end point of European imperialist conflict.
>Muh Imperialist factions
Babylon Berlin is a good series but it's also fictional, not an account of events.
>Germans used Russian manufacturing plants to develop new tanks, fighter planes, and chemical weapons
And? It was all long before 1939, the 6-10 year gap between which allowed for most technology and developments to become obsolete by then. The Germans started their war with the Panzer II and III and almost all their industrial production and resources came from the West. Trucks? GM and Ford plants across Germany with discount as well as the Renault plant in France. The Bf-109, the original mainstay fighter of the Luftwaffe was developed from a racing plane and had litle to do with the soviet training. The sites and materials used by the Germans remained in Soviet hands. Even if the Germans somehow acquired them after 1933, without the Rhineland, they would have nothing to start with. As posted before, the British and French preferred letting Germany get away with its indiscretions because they only cared about "muh Bolsheviks"
We must remember that the Soviet-German military projects were launched in the 1920s, and in 1922-1933 it was the so-called Weimar Republic. The Weimar Republic was a largely democratic state. It was hoped that Germany would eventually become a socialist republic or social-democratic at the least, even in spite of the turmoil in the country. In the 1920s, the USSR was an agrarian country with an economy that was beginning to recover after the First World War and following the Civil War/Foreign Intervention. Russia's first tank - "Fighter of Freedom - Comrade Lenin" - was copy of a Renault FT tank. By the availability of qualified specialists, USSR was also inferior to Germany; in Germany compulsory secondary education was introduced as early as 1871, while at the end of the Russian Empire the majority of the population was illiterate. After the defeat in the First World War, Russia and Germany were the most "offended" states. Their territories were torn away, the army of Germany was turned into a decorative one. Russia (now the Soviet Union) had to build new armed forces in conditions of international isolation. Russia lagged behind the advanced powers in a number of military technologies and the USSR made haste to catch up. In April 1922, during the conference in Genoa, Berlin and Moscow signed the Rapallo Treaty. Countries renounced claims to each other. Berlin recognized the nationalization of all German property in Russia. Traditional trade ties were restored. However the treaty did not contain military articles. In 1926 Germany and the USSR signed the Treaty of Berlin, which reaffirmed the Rapallo Treaty of 1922, essentially letting one another know that in the case of a third party attacking one of them, the other would not join against them. Germany needed landfills/polygons where it was possible to test the equipment. In the mid-1920s, an aviation school was established in Lipetsk (1925-1930) and a tank school in Kazan (1926). The tank school trained 30 people. The school in Lipetsk trained 200 German pilots in 5 years and nearly 150 Soviet pilots. Compare - in 1932 in the schools in Braunschweig and Reichlin the Germans prepared almost 2,000 pilots. After Hitler came to power, the schools were closed, all equipment on site went to the USSR. In the end, we can say that the Germans helped the Russians understand how to train tankmen and pilots and not the other way around. The Germans, with their own money, prepared their own and Soviet pilots and tankmen. None of the great German commanders were trained in the USSR, they came only for inspections (such as Guderian and Lutz in Kazan in the summer of 1932). Or they came to observe maneuvers of the Red Army.
The USSR stopped relations with Germany when Hitler came to power, and no military aid of any kind was given during the nazi regime.
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