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It seems that Germany must've been under incredible scrutiny especially by the British.

How was Hitler able to rearm?

Please provide specifics on personnel and weapons classes.

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I like the question but it seems there are two separate questions folded inside it: (1) How did Hitler rearm? (2) How was Hitler able to rearm? The first one is a question about materiel, interesting for weapons buffs and reasonably important for general history as well (it does make a difference if Hitler was able to amass 1000, 5000 or 20000 tanks, for example, by 1939. However, the second question is, I think the more interesting one after all, being a question of political history. –  Felix Goldberg May 9 '13 at 8:44
So I suggest splitting it off into two questions. –  Felix Goldberg May 9 '13 at 8:44
@FelixGoldberg different types of personnel & weapons have various levels of visibility. you can build air & naval fleets by pretending they're privately owned, but an army is harder to conceal –  user2296 May 9 '13 at 13:12
Come to think of it, perhaps we need to establish some of the facts first - as far as I know, Hitler made absolutely no attempt to conceal his re-armament drive. As a matter of fact, he made a great deal of fuss about it (for domestic propaganda and to get the support of top brass like "Paper Tiger" Blomberg before he completed his takeover of the German state and national psyche). So I think the relevant question is "Why didn't the British do/say anything about German re-armament?!" rather than "How come the British didn't notice German was re-arming?!". Do you concur? –  Felix Goldberg May 9 '13 at 15:24
let us continue this discussion in chat –  Felix Goldberg May 9 '13 at 19:16
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up vote 7 down vote accepted

To take one example, in 1935, Hitler negotiated the Anglo German Naval Treaty (details in the link).

Anglo-German Naval Agreement

This treaty "broke" the Versailles Treaty because it gave Germany naval tonnage limits ABOVE Versailles. It was a bilateral treaty between England and Germany, concluded without consulting the other Versailles signatories, especially France and Italy.

Basically, Chamberlain's Britain tolerated a few German deviations from the Versailles Treaty as long as her own interests didn't seem to be threatened. They learned too late that "a few German deviations" would add up to another world war.

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perfect example considering that their previous fight was mostly naval –  user2296 May 9 '13 at 1:15
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