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Anglo-German Naval Agreement June 1935

The Germans said that the ratios would only be tonnage and that Germany would increase its tonnage to the level of Great Britain in the different categories of warships. In the afternoon, the British cabinet agreed to accept the proposed tonnage and that evening, Ribbentrop was informed of the cabinet`s intention. Over the next few weeks, the ongoing talks in London worked to resolve many technical issues, most of which focused on exactly how tonnages should be determined for different categories of warships. Ribbentrop was very eager for success and eventually accepted almost all of Britain`s demands. The Anglo-German Naval Agreement was formally concluded on 18 June 1935 and signed by Ribbentrop and Sir Samuel Hoare. The question is whether England concluded an agreement useful for peace and whether it had the right to conclude it without consulting the States with which it had joined forces at the beginning of the year to carry out a conditional revision of the military clauses of the Treaty of Versailles. These are the points at issue. Sir Samuel Hoare to Mr von Ribbentrop Excellence, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 18 June 1935 In the interwar years, German public opinion had protested against these restrictions as severe and unjust and had demanded either that all the other states of Europe disarm at the German level or that Germany should be able to re-equip itself at the level of all other European states. In Britain, where, after 1919, feelings of guilt were felt due to the conditions deemed excessively harsh at Versailles, the German claim to “equality” in the armor often aroused great sympathy.