Stresa Front Agreement

However, British politicians did not want to attack or occupy Germany, preferring to make deals with it to maintain peace in Central Europe. Anti-war sentiment was also very strong in British public opinion. In February 1935, a summit between French Prime Minister Pierre Laval and British Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald in London resulted in an Anglo-French communiqué proposing discussions with the Germans on arms control, an air part and security pacts for Eastern Europe and the nations bordering the Danube. [4] Shortly after Stresa, June 18, 1935,… Britain signed a maritime agreement with them, without informing either France or Italy, which represented a direct share of Germany and Great Britain in the number and tonnage of warships, effectively cancelled the Stresa and Versailles agreements of 1919. Benito Mussolini was furious to hear the news and unfortunately convinced Italy that Hitler could no longer be arrested and that he had to ride the tiger. – John Simon[5] A conference between the United Kingdom, France and Italy. It took place in Stresa, on Lake Maggiore, Italy, and proposed measures to counter Hitler`s open rearmament of Germany, in contrast to Versailles. Together, these countries formed the “Stresa Front” against German aggression, but their decisions were never implemented. In June, Britain unilaterally negotiated a maritime agreement with Germany.

In November 1936 Mussolini proclaimed his alliance with Hitler in the Rome-Berlin axis. Contact information: 45 degrees 53`47.1`N 8- 31`33.6`E / 45.896417 N 8.526000 E / 45.896417; 8.526000 The Stresa Front was an agreement reached on 14 April 1935 in Stresa, a town on the shores of Lake Maggiore in Italy, between French Prime Minister Pierre-Etienne Flandin (with Pierre Laval), British Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald and Italian Prime Minister Benito Mussolini. Formally described as the final declaration of the Stresa conference, its aim was to reaffirm the Locarno Treaties and to declare that Austria`s independence “will continue to inspire its common policy”. The signatories also expressed their readiness to oppose any future attempt by Germany to amend the Treaty of Versailles. Although increasingly belligerent Germany dominated the discussions in the conference room, Mussolini was the smartest outside.