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Winterübung - March 1936!
The Wehrmacht was unsure how the French would react to the reoccupation. One author (Shore) claims that AH had learned through the "intelligence service" of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that the French General Staff would not commit itself. As evidence, he cites a report from the press office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs dated January 10, 1936, which was based on information from French politicians, whose quality was not unlike that of many others. Neurath, through his press office, knew more about French operational intentions than the French cabinet itself. There were a lot of opinions, assumptions, and rumors with a wide range.
But there was no secure basis for all of them. Had there been one, discussions about the possibility of going to war from the French high command after the reoccupation would have been impossible to determine. And thus, the German political and military leadership was insecure before and throughout the operation, as shown above by AH asking about the possibility of stopping the units.
The French army, at the time of the Rhineland crisis, had in the country more than 20 infantry divisions, 5 cavalry divisions, 2 Senegalese divisions, 2 North African divisions, 1 of the so-called white colonial division, the latter with a number of nominally low staff. In all, Inspector General Gamelin had a nominal force of 425,000 in the country. In the first step of mobilization, the 20 active divisions could be increased with the same number of Type A divisions, so that initially 50 divisions would have been available.
After the occupation the OKH estimated that the forces that could have been used against Germany or were available for use were 10 infantry divisions, 1 light mechanized division, 1 and half cavalry divisions, parts of a North African division, plus troops of fortress and at army level with a total of 200,000 men.
Sources: DER FALL „GRÜN“: 1938 - Krieg gegen die Tschechoslowakei Kindle Ausgabe von Klaus Michaelis (Autor), Rolf Michaelis (Herausgeber)
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Serás lo que debas ser o no serás nada. General José de San Martín.