Sorry to bang on about this but from Richard Lamb's book here is an extract from a report, dated 10 May 1933 by Brig. Temperley who was then head of the British military delegation to the Disarmament Conference in Geneva. In it, he stated that
Germany with great ingenuity had carried out a steady erosion of the (Versailles) disarmament clauses:
Very extensive preparations have also been made to prepare German industry for industrial mobilisation. Gas, munition and optical glass factories, in which German companies have a controlling influence, have sprung up in neighbouring countries. It is also calculated that there are in the combined Nazi and Stahlhelm forces over a million young men of military age who have received military training.
After pointing out that the incorporation of 300,000 Nazi storm-troopers in the police was a flagrant violation of the Peace Treaty, and that the British Air Ministry had identified at least 125 German military aeroplanes and orders in Russian and German factories for more, Temperley concluded:
'No moment could be worse chosen than the present one to advocate drastic reductions in the armaments of France, the Little Entente and Poland. Moreover, the destruction of all heavy material and bombing machines belonging to the French and her Allies and to our own armed forces seems madness in the face of this direct German menace … There is a mad dog abroad, once more.
A. G. Temperley. Brigadier.
Vansitttart [at the Foreign Office] minuted his entire agreement and the memorandum was circulated to the Cabinet who ignored this authoritative summing up of the dangerous situation. [My emphasis]
I can only repeat my earlier question, two posts below, as to whether 'The Don' in those circumstances would have managed to be even more criminally stupid than those 'nabobs' of yesteryear?