Was Hitler a gambler or a planner up to 1939?for example, when he remilitarised the rhineland or 'anschlussed' with Austria, do you think his actions were planned or just gambled and why? thanks a...

Was Hitler a gambler or a planner up to 1939?

for example, when he remilitarised the rhineland or 'anschlussed' with Austria, do you think his actions were planned or just gambled and why? thanks a lot! :)

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In matters of foreign policy, there is no way to separate planning from gambling.  When Hitler remilitarized the Rhineland or launched the Anschluss, neither he nor anyone else could have known how the Allies would react.  Hitler was sure in his own mind that he would get away with these things.  He was sure about this because of conclusions he had reached about the attitudes and the will of the French and the British.  This can be characterized as planning since this is all that leaders can ever do (unless they are lucky enough to have such good espionage that they know what the other side will do).

Therefore, we really have to say that Hitler was both a gambler and a planner.  We must also say that every leader has to engage in both planning and gambling because leaders can very rarely be sure of how an enemy or rival will react to what they do.

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