Germany, The SAAR
The German Army, accompanied by armed SS units, marches into Saarbrücken.
Adolf Hitler renounces the Treaty of Versailles’ disarmament clauses. He makes his famous proclamation in which he repudiates the Treaty of Versailles and reintroduces military conscription, announcing this to the German parliament as a political statement, in direct contravention to the Treaty of Versailles, which expressly forbids a standing army of over 100,000 men. Parts of the speech are word-for-word those written seven years earlier by Defence Minister Groner. Hitler appears to have been the first frontline politician prepared to stand up and present it. He certainly expects some repercussions from the Allies, but they are too engrossed with their own internal affairs and actually take very little no notice.
Hitler officially establishes the SS-Verfügungstruppe, although at this time it already consists of 11 battalions. The intention was always that the SS-Verfügungstruppe would benefit from the highest possible standards of training available. To facilitate this, two highly regarded former army officers, Paul Hausser and Felix Steiner, have been recruited to supervise training. Both were ultimately to become among the finest field commanders of the Waffen-SS.