What if there was no "Night of the Long Knives"?

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GFM2000
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What if there was no "Night of the Long Knives"?

Post by GFM2000 » 10 Jan 2003 09:10

Let's suppose that, in 1934, Hitler was able to control his temper, and did not fall under Goering's and Himmler's persuasions to eliminate Rohm and the SA leadership. What if there was the "Night of the Long Knives" did not occur?

I suppose this question is two-fold. Does anyone see Rohm becoming the Minister of Defence, as he was originally demanding? If that should occur, and the Reichswehr was absorbed into the SA, what would be the outcome of the Third Reich's conquest of Poland, and the rest of Europe?

Or would Rohm eventually, somehow, be ousted by Goering and Himmler anyway, and the Night of the Long Knives would have no significant consequence on the fate of Hitler's Reich?

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Post by Mike K. » 10 Jan 2003 10:50

There's simply no way Röhm was going to become the head of the armed forces. The old Prussian Junkers wouldn't have it, and Hitler needed them for his plans. Nor is it likely the SA would be absorbed into the Reichswehr, as it had a reputation for unruliness.

No "Night of the Long Knives" would simply delay the dominance of the SS. The purge seriously crippled the SA and was instrumental for the Reichsführer. However, it's inevitable the Himmler and Heydrich would devise a way to remove Röhm, most likely blackmailing him for his homosexual activities.

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