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[–] Back-Again 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

? I don't know about that. When Germany was airlifting Franco & his troops to Spain (Franco led the Army of Africa, they had been in Morocco), they were nervous that Britain would intervene. When Britain didn't, they realized no one was going to put up a fight to their re-arming. The Spanish Civil War was a useful smokescreen for that program.

Britain's ruling class sort of tacitly approved of Hitler for a long time. This is probably one reason Hitler didn't hit at Britain harder. The cultures, overall, were very similar. A professor of mine was an RAF prisoner of war and said the guards were always nice to him. They used to play chess with him. They respected him because he was educated similarly to them, similar religions (Anglicanism and Catholicism) etc. Of course these were also career Army guys he was dealing with, not necessarily Nazi party members.