Anglo-German Naval Agreement of 1935

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Anglo-German Naval Agreement of 1935


an agreement that changed the balance of military and naval forces between Great Britain and fascist Germany and facilitated the revival of the German Navy. Signed on June 18, 1935, the agreement gave Germany the right to have a navy equal in tonnage to 35 percent of the total displacement of the British Empire’s naval force. The tonnage of Germany’s submarine fleet was set at 45 percent of the tonnage of the British empire’s fleet, and Germany was given the right in principle to increase the size of its submarine fleet to that of the British fleet.

The Anglo-German Naval Agreement was one of the acts of the policy of encouraging fascist aggression carried out by Britain, France, and the USA. It helped Germany to strengthen its position against the USSR in the North Sea and mainly in the Baltic Sea. The agreement was denounced by fascist Germany in April 1939 when fascist Germany was intensifying its arms race and its immediate preparations for unleashing World War II.


Pozdeeva, L. V. Angliia i remilitarizatsiia Germanii, 1933–36. Moscow, 1956.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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