February 10, 1936: With the unification of the police and the SS, the Gestapo becomes the supreme police agency of Nazi Germany. Gestapo Law was enacted in Prussia, giving them exclusive right to make arrests, and entitled to investigate all activities considered hostile to the state. Same law gives Gestapo complete independence of the courts.

March 7, 1936: Hitler sends German troops to the Rhineland Province, defying the Treaty of Versailles once again. Hitler proclaims that due to the pact signed between France and Russia, Germany is no longer bound by the Locarno treaty. French make no move to stop Hitler's troops of which at the time they could have crushed. Britain appeases Hitler in the name of peace. Last great chance is missed by the two western powers to bring Hitler down.

March 29, 1936: 99% of registered German voters vote. 98.9% approve of Hitler's actions.

June 17, 1936: Himmler is put in charge of the S.S. as Chief of the German Police.

July 11, 1936: Austro-German agreement is signed. Germany reaffirms recognition of Austria's sovereignty.

July 15, 1936: Upper Silesia portion of Geneva Convention expires. Jews in that area now must abide by German law.

July 22, 1936: Hitler grants support to Franco and the Spanish Civil War.


October 21, 1936: Secret protocol is signed between Germany and Italy outlining common policy between their countries in the area of foreign affairs. First step to official formation of "Axis." Hitler need not worry about Mussolini anymore.

November 25, 1936: Ribbentrop signs the Anti-Comintern Pact with Japan. Within treaty was a deeper protocol in case of an unprovoked attack from Russia.

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