Why do you think the major powers want to restrict Germany’s armed forces?

(A) To prevent Germany from being seen as a world power

(B) So that Germany can recover economically

(C) To strengthen Germany

(D) ** To prevent Germany from starting another war


Concept note-1: -“They were trying to prevent Germany from being an aggressive power again, and also weakening them by allowing for an invasion by France as well.”

Concept note-2: -The Treaty restricted the Germans’ armed forces to only 100, 000 men in the army, no submarines or aeroplanes, and only six battleships. In addition, conscription was banned (soldiers had to be volunteers). The idea was to reduce Germany’s armed forces to a size where they could never endanger the countries round about.

Concept note-3: -The German army was to be limited to 100, 000 men. Conscription was forbidden. The treaty restricted the Navy to vessels under 10, 000 tons, with a ban on the acquisition or maintenance of a submarine fleet. Germany was forbidden to maintain an air force.

Concept note-4: -Germany had four key fatal weaknesses in the Second World War. These were: the lack of productivity of its war economy, the weak supply lines, the start of a war on two fronts, and the lack of strong leadership.

Concept note-5: -Following the ratification of the Treaty of Versailles, firm restrictions were placed on the German military, most notably, the entire army was restricted to just 100, 000 men, while the navy was reduced to just 15, 000 men.