Gentlemen of the Reichstag, allow me to congratulate you; in two years we have begun to right the economic nightmares imposed on us by the Western powers at Versailles, and the collapse of the Western-driven money madness of the 1920s. We have come together through danger from within and the loss of a great man. That is not, I fear, enough.
Germany is today bound east and west by nations which bear it historical ill will. As we speak, Germany's enemies sharpen their knives; I assure you, they do not do this to offer us a slice of their pie. I do not - nor do the Generals - and nor should you - believe for even a moment that the fine gentlemen in Paris, Prague, and Warsaw train their yearly class of conscripts to believe that Germany's historic right to exist should be honored. I believe that these men wait for a moment of historic weakness, and I swear to you that I will not preside over Germany for that moment of weakness!
No, no, a thousand times no - if Germany's neighbors and enemies, for they are unfortunately one and the same - train their young men by the year to war upon command, as a man who loves peace, and loves his nation, I must insist that Germany do the same. As a former front soldier, I abhor war in all its forms, and heartily wish that Germany may live a thousand years without needing to draw the sword, but I believe that the sword must be there to be drawn. Germany will not be viewed as a nation worthy of the world's respect until the soldiers perpetually peering from France over the Rhine see our banners fluttering proudly once more.
To this end, I have asked General von Blomberg to prepare recommendations; they are sound, and I choose to act upon them.
First, Germany hereby withdraws from the military restrictions placed upon it by the shackle-treaty of Versailles.
Second, I hereby order that every able-bodied male between the ages of eighteen and forty report to his local police administrator to register for potential national service.
Third, I hereby announce the re-formation of Germany's air force, independent and equal to the Army and Navy. I have authorized General Goering as the Minister of Aviation, and requested that he begin creating a truly German Luftwaffe.
Fourth, the Reichsmarine is no longer bound by any naval treaty signed previous, designed as they were to keep Germany weak and subservient to the interests of the Western powers.
Fifth, as the supreme authority in the Reich, it gives me great pleasure to make the following promotions.
Generaloberst Werner von Blomberg... please take this baton in recognition of your loyal service and your assistance in the past two years. Thank you, Generalfeldmarschall. Please exercise the same care in your combined staff position that you have in your army role.
General der Infanterie Werner von Fritsch... Generalfeldmarschall von Blomberg has warmly praised your abilities, and requested that you be his replacement as the commander of our army. It is a heavy burden which we now place upon you, Generaloberst von Fritsch, and I expect you to bear it well.
Admiral Erich Raeder... you have proven more than capable of arguing the Navy's case in the past few months. Thank you, Generaladmiral. I trust that you will choose your new ministerial staff as wisely as you appealed to the Reich's interests at sea.
Generalleutnant Hermann Goering... clearly, no man in the Reich has the interests of the Luftwaffe ahead of you. I hereby promote you General der Flieger, and make you the Reich's first Air Minister.
Gentlemen - with men such as these leading our soldiers, we will be invincible. We will drive the rabble from our doorsteps, we will secure Germany against all threats, we will be strong again - upon this, you have my sacred word, as Chancellor and Fuehrer of the German Reich!