Why was Germany disappointed with the Treaty of Versailles?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Germany was disappointed with this treaty because it punished Germany very harshly.  It made Germany claim complete responsibility and guilt for WWI.  On top of that, it did many things that hurt Germany economically and/or took power from Germany.  Among these things were:

  • Forced Germany to pay reparations for the war.
  • Took various German territories (both overseas colonies and parts of its European territories) away from Germany.
  • Prohibited Germany from having a full military.  The treaty allowed only a very small military with no air force or submarines.

All of these provisions disappointed and angered the Germans.