The National Socialists’ primary foreign policy objective after taking office was to rearm Germany so that it might reverse the verdict of the First World War and acquire the “living space” necessary to becoming a world power on par with Britain or the United States. For the German armed services, the Third Reich’s ambitious plans meant that they were compelled to broaden their missions and opera- tional capabilities.
"“The Navy’s Success Speaks for Itself”?: The German Navy’s Independent Energy Security Strategy, 1932–1940,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 68
, Article 7.
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