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

By Baron Burkard Von Mullenheim-Rechberg, Jack Sweetman

This ebook chronicles the quick existence and violent finish of the good German capitol send Bismarck.

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Hitler had convened the Reichstag on this date basically to answer a note from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in which on 15 April the latter had proposed certain common steps for the preservation of world peace. First, however, Hitler devoted himself to European affairs, including relations with England, which he attacked sharply. He referred to a remark Prime Minister Chamberlain made following the German march into Prague, that trust could no longer be placed in Germany’s promises, and accused England of a policy of encircling Germany, which violated the provisions of the naval agreement.

Then we discussed the two navies, the events of the world war at sea, the promising start towards an Anglo-German understanding around the turn of the century, its breakdown, and the subsequent, unhappy course of events. We parted with the mutual hope that peace between our two countries would be preserved—and that was more than an empty wish. I thought about this visit for a long time afterwards. Why had Lady Jellicoe wanted to see me? Ever since the end of the world war, her husband had been convinced that a political settlement with Germany would be in Britain’s best interest.

There is a story going around the chancelleries that he said to the King of Bulgaria that he wanted a war while he was young enough to enjoy it. ” Britain’s disillusionment was growing and it was becoming ever clearer that to pursue a policy of pure appeasement would be disastrous for Europe. In this atmosphere, the horror and revulsion provoked by the attack launched—”at a stroke” in the Nazi manner—against Jewish life and property by Dr. * It was the evening before my departure from Berlin for London and I was eating in the famous Cantina Romana, when my waiter, suddenly gone white as a sheet, shocked me with the words, “Have you heard?

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