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January 7 2006 at 9:37 PM
Hanno Spoelstra 

Response to imaginary Dutch arms production/development after 1940


"Suppose Nazi-Germany did not invade Holland in 1940 (as the Dutch had hoped and just like in WW1) and the country would stay neutral and out of trouble at least until Pearl Harbour. How would Dutch arms production and development have continued?"

I wonder if it would have continued at all. The Dutch arms production increased because of the German threat. If this threat would prove not to be one, many people would have sighed in relief and stopped everything. Remember there was quite a strong anti-military movement in Holland ("gebroken geweertje"), which hoped Holland would stay out of trouble (like during WW1), just as long as Holland did nothing to provoke Germany.

Interesting thought experiment, this.


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