Terms Of The Anglo German Naval Agreement

(d) the German Government supports the issue of maritime armament limitation, the system that divides naval vessels into categories, sets maximum tonnage and/or armament for ships in each category and allocates tonnage to each power per class of vessels. As a result, the German government is prepared to apply the 35% in principle and subject (f) below. the tonnage of each category of vessels to be expected and any change in that report, in a given category or category, to the provisions that may be achieved under a future general sea vessel limitation contract, these provisions based on the principle that any increase in one category would be offset by a corresponding reduction in the other category. If no general maritime restriction treaty is concluded or if the future general treaty does not contain a provision that creates a category restriction, the German government has the right to vary the 35 per cent. The relationship between one or more categories will be established by mutual agreement between the German government and Her Majesty`s Government in the United Kingdom, taking into account the maritime situation that existed at the time. The Anglo-German naval agreement was an attempt to improve relations between Germany and Great Britain. The Germans saw the agreement as the beginning of an alliance against the Soviet Union and France. But for Britain, it was the beginning of arms restrictions that were to limit Germany`s expansion. This agreement was considered very controversial by many other nations, because Tonnageratio gave Germany the power to produce a navy much larger than the Treaty of Versailler had authorized. It was also carried out without prior consultation with Italy or France. In the field of Anglo-German relations, the agreement was of considerable importance. The United Kingdom expressed the hope, as Craigie Ribbentrop said, that it “should facilitate other agreements in a broader framework and that there have been no other considerations.” [3] In addition, the United Kingdom considered that it had turned out to be a “reference” to measure Germany`s intentions vis-à-vis the United Kingdom. [53] Hitler saw it as the beginning of an Anglo-German alliance and was very angry when it did not happen.

[54] (e) If, as long as other major maritime powers retain a single category for cruisers and destroyers, Germany enjoys the right to a single category for these two categories of ships, it would see these classes in two categories.