Britain in 1939?
In 1939, the United Kingdom declared war on Nazi Germany at the beginning of World War II. Another notable British event in 1939 was the death of Queen Victoria's daughter, Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll.
The pact between Hitler and Stalin to split Poland was made in secret. When the UK and France pledged to support Poland, they were doing it primarily (only?) with fighting against Germany in mind. Also, the USSR waited to invade their half of Poland until after Germany had conquered its half and the…reby gotten into the war with France and the UK. Also, some of the territory invaded by the USSR was actually Polish-occupied Ukraine, not Poland, and the military dictatorship in charge of Poland pre-1939 had an unsavoury record of mistreatment toward the Ukrainians. I should add that it became worse once the oppressors from Poland were replaced by those sent from Moscow. While the Soviet Union did violate Poland, England and France obviously did not want to declare war against BOTH Germany and Russia. As events in 1940 show, England and France had enough to deal with in Germany. English and French couldn't even handle Germany, it would be silly to declear a war against U.S.S.R. _____ The British pledge to Poland was militarily meaningless for geographical reasons, anyway. ( Full Answer )
There were several reasons. First, it should be noted that they did demand Germany withfraw and when she didn't they declared war, but you mean why didn't they contribute materially to Poland's defense. First of all, they weren't ready for war in September of 1939. They needed time to call up their …reserves and get their men and equipment ready to fight. England in particular had only a small regular army. Secondly, the only way to get any troops into Poland would have been by way of the North Sea and the German navy and Air Force were strong enough to prevent that. Thirdly, most French and British generals thought the second war would be much like the first, that offensive manuevers would be almost impossible against well entrenched defenders. Thus they thought the Poles would be able to defend themselves better than they did, and that the Germans would wear themselves out attacking the Maginot line. The Germans quickly showed them that this was goping to be a whole different war with very fast maneuvers conducted by tanks. But the French and british had to learn that lesson the hard way.Michael Montagne Britain did not 'go to war over' Poland but just declared war on Germany. According to the Polish-British Common Defence Pact Britain signed with Poland on August 25th 1939 mutual military assistance was promised between the nations in the event either was attacked by another European country. Britain provided no meaningful assistance to Poland so effectively did not honour the treaty and abandoned Poland to fight Germany alone. Shame Britain! ( Full Answer )
During 1939 what happened to Poland as a result of the invasion and how did Britain and France respond to it?
about your question "how did countries respond to the invasion of Poland is: GB and France declared war to Germany but there were no military actions on their part in the meantime, apart of some "skirmishes" on the North Sea and the Atlantic (navy actions of GB and Germany and the German invasion …in Norway in April 1940). This declaration of war was called "phony war" until German's invasion of France in May 1940. Answer to the first part of the question "during 1939 what happened to Poland as a result of the invasion". In compliance with the Ribbentrop-Molotov Agreement, Poland was divided into to parts between Germany and Soviet Union. The territory occupied by the Soviets have never been recovered by Poland, who after the war received as compensation German territories westward. It's worth to point out that during the last days of fighting, Poland has been also invaded by Soviet Army which hit the Polish Army from behind. ( Full Answer )
If both Germany and Russia invaded Poland in 1939 why did Britain not declare war on Russia as well as Germany?
In short, since the defensive pact between Britain, France and Poland said nothing about the Soviet Union, the British and French refused to declare war against them. Read below for more context. Prior to the German invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939, Poland, Britain and France made a defensi…ve pact against the Germans, stating that if one of them was attacked, the other two would declare war against Germany. It is often stated that Britain and France responded to Germany's annexation of Czechoslovakia in March 1939 (a violation of the Munich agreement) by "guaranteeing the integrity of the Polish state". This is an incomplete explanation, as the agreement was for all three states to declare war against Germany (and it only pertained to Germany) if one of those three were attacked by Germany. Meanwhile, there was a political battle going on between Britain/France and Germany to get Soviet support in an eventual military conflict. Germany won this battle with a secret non-aggression pact that would partition Poland between the two states when they invaded it. This is what led to the German invasion of, and declaration of war on, Poland on September 1st. On September 3rd, the British and French, stunned by the boldness of Hitler (they had not expected him to actually attack), declared war on Germany, as per the agreement they had made with Poland. However, since the agreement did not specify military action, neither Britain nor France engaged Germany in any fighting until Germany invaded France the following year. This has been dubbed the "phony war", because of a lack of fighting by the British and French, but of course the war was ongoing in Poland, even after the capitulation of the Polish state and the exile of the Polish government to the British isles on September 28th, 1939. On September 17th, 1939 Poland was invaded on its eastern border by the Soviet Union. This attack, and the expectation of the attack itself, helped to split Polish defenses, and sped up the eventual defeat of the Polish military forces 11 days later. Since the defensive pact between Britain, France and Poland said nothing about the Soviet Union, the British and French refused to declare war against them, in keeping with their very technical and legalistic interpretation of the pact. Their hope was that Germany would stop with Poland, and not attack them next. One of the reasons cited for such a relatively easy defeat of Poland is that the Germans did not have to worry about the French troops on its Western border. German scouts were given the order to inform HQ if they saw so much as a single French soldier near the border, the response to which would have been a split of German forces to defend its western front while attacking Poland in the east. The scouts saw no one (possibly due to a combination of serendipity and an actual scarcity of French scouts near the border), so that virtually the entirety of Germany's forces were put into the attack on Poland, leaving Germany defenseless against a full western invasion from a superior number (at the time) of French forces for weeks. The lack of support from the Western "allies" and second frontal attack by the Soviets was too much for the Polish military, as was the single-front attack too much for France several months later. Only once Germany brought the Soviet Union and the United States (via their ally Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor) into the war against itself did it get defeated by a two-front war. ( Full Answer )
UK Declaring War on Germany Great Britain and Poland had a mutual aid treaty that required either country to come to the aid of the other in the event of war. When Germany invaded Poland, Britain (and the Commonwealth) was obligated to come to the aid of Poland by declaring war on Germany. Here… is more input: . Germany kept breaking the Treaty of Versailles that ended WW1. Finally when Germany invaded Poland, England had no choice but to declare war. Appeasement by Neville Chamberlain had failed and only encouraged Germany and Hitler, so England knew that Hitler was bent on domination of Europe. England could not allow this to happen. . Because Germany invaded Poland. Britain had earlier guaranteed Poland's independence and as a result of German's invasion of Poland, declared war on Germany. ( Full Answer )
If Great Britain had been the fascist power invading Europe in 1939 could they have won World War 2?
I have to say that this question is quite silly, as it is the complete opposite of what really happened in WW2 history. The only Facists were the Italians and the Germans. To me this question reveals a complete lack of any understanding of the most basic facts of that period of time. I won't bother …to point out all the reasons why this kind of thing would have been impossible in reality. Answer Not even remotely. Germany had an unusual combination of factors which enabled them to string together a remarkable set of victories. They had the finest army in the world: expertly led, wonderfully equipped, top morale, excellent training, finest general staff on the planet....all backed by the second largest economy in the world with a large base in heavy industry, automotives, aircraft, synthetics, chemicals, etc. Their scientific community was second to none. Additionally they had the advantage of central location - they could strike in a number of directions and still be close to their logistical base. And of course, the whole matter was overlaid with a burning desire to revenge the injustices of WWI. Contrast this with the British. They never fielded a very large army in WWII, instead relying mostly on Russians and later Americans for cannon fodder (actually they'd hoped the French would take heavy casualties on their behalf but the French laid down in 1940 and thus the British had to withdraw from Europe). Answer If Great Britain was fascist there wouldn't have been a WW2, at least as we know it. ( Full Answer )
This question sounded important, so I took extra time and skill to answer it. (vrom M.A. in English Studies, 20 yrs teaching English studies). The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is the recognized authority in all matters historical to language. I looked for year of grace in it only to find that …this was a common designation meaning "year of our lord." The OED says that both designations simply designate the traditional Western calendar of 365 days, with allowances for leap years to be 366). The OED carefully records changes--often nuances--in meanings by showing how words were used differently from one year to another, or one decade to another, or one century to another. According to the OED, there were no substantive changes in meaning in 1939.. In other words, the single most authoritative text is telling you there was no generally significant meaning to the phrasein question in 1939.. But your question astutely asks if there was a colloquial meaning to the phrase. Insofar as I know, this question is virtually unanswerable. Individuals--in all senses of the term--sometimes create special meanings to words. Sometimes entire groups--of 100 or 1000 or 10000 or 100000 or more--elect to create special meanings to words. (Just think of the Nazis as an example.) If it were significant enough to come into print or to be found in subsequently published personal documents, the OED would note it, but the fact that the OED did not uncover it or found it too limited in scope to incorporate does not mean it doesn't exist, just that if the phrase was used differently, it was highly idiosyncratic and of no import on the world stage.. In short to the question of whether there was a colloquial meaning to the phrase year of grace in Britain in 1939, the world's authority says a qualitative no. (The OED doesn't try to include every vagrancy, only the globally or nationally or linguistically important ones.) I tried my best online to find an answer to your question and came up empty, so I'll assure within a 95% certainty there was not a special significance given to the term "year of our grace" in 1939, but that does not preclude individuals or special interest groups developing their own meanings.. I hope my research helped answer your question. ( Full Answer )
What treaties were signed in 1939 for World War 2 between Germany and Italy and Japan and Britain and Poland?
Germany and japan signed the Anti-Comitern Pact 25 November 1936, against Communism. Italy joined in 1937 to make the axis powers. Germany and Italy signed a pact in 1939 May 22, the Pact of Steel.. Britain and France guarrenteed the safety of Poland after the invasion of Czechslovakia in 1939. The… Polo-British Common Defence Pact in August 25 1939. It agreed support if Germany was to attack. ( Full Answer )
The main reasons are: To destroy the morale of the British people. To destroy any industry that may produce war supplies to use against Germany. To overthrow Britain and to rule her army . Her army was one of the world's best, and by taking it over, it would be easy to overthrow the… other world powers. ( Full Answer )
In the summer of 1939 the estimated population of Great Britain(ie. England, Wales and Scotland) was 46,467,000 (46 Million 467Thousand).
This depends on the country or organization. See related questions or re-ask your question. US: Franklin Delano Roosevelt Franklin D. Roosevelt was the 32nd President of the United States serving from to 1945 April 12 when he died of a brain tumor. He was the longest serving President of the U…nited States and led the US through World War II which started in 1939, but in which the US would stay neutral for 2 more years. Roosevelt was born January 30, 1882 in Hyde Park, New York and died April 12, 1945 in Warm Springs, Georgia. ( Full Answer )
How did relations between Britain and Germany change between the Munich Conference and the invasion of Poland in September 1939?
In the final year leading up to the outbreak of World War II,relations between Great Britain and Germany deterioratedsignificantly. After the Munich Conference of 1938 and the Germaninvasion of Poland in 1939, Great Britain's principal leadersfinally recognized that the aggressive intentions of Germ…any wentwell beyond their publicly stated goals; Great Britain began toprepare for war, while Germany continued its alreadyfuriously-paced planning. ( Full Answer )
They were ill-prepared. . They wanted to remain at peace. . No Casus Belli existed for such an action.
Australia was a self governing Dominion within the Empire (Now the Commonwealth). Britain declared war in defence of its obligation to Poland. France followed suit.
Uh, a dime. If you're referring to purchasing power, it's a bit hard to say because so many things are so different today. A stamp cost 3Â¢, a newspaper was 2 or 3Â¢, a bus ride or a bottle of Coke was a nickel, and a record with 2 songs on it cost 25 or 35Â¢. But people were also paid a lo…t less - for example a secretary might make $20 or $25 a week. Musicians with some of the biggest dance bands in the country might earn $50. ( Full Answer )
I'm not an expert on the history of television, but I don't think television service was available during the war years. My family did not get a television until 1953 and that was so that we could watch the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
In 1938 Britain had signed a Treaty with Germany where Germanypromised to undertake no further conquests. The conquests so farhad anyway been mostly territories that had been part of Germanyitself until 1918, and the union with Austria had broad support inAustria - Austria had even asked for that un…ion as far back as1919, only to be refused by the Allies. . Britain was moreover woefully unprepared for war in 1938 and itsGovernment knew its forces and equipment (apart from the Navy) tobe inferior to that of Germany. Moreover, France at the time wouldabsolutely not do anything to antagonize Germany and the US wasfirmly isolationist. As a consequence Britain would be utterlyalone to fight Germany's superior army. So in a way it was solidgood sense at the time to appease Germany, rather than to fightit. . In 1939, Britain and France had together guaranteedPoland's independence, so Britain now knew it had an ally which itconsidered (wrongly, as it was to turn out) a strong militaryforce. Britain even then was more or less forced into war byGermany's invasion of Poland. For almost a year afterwards Britainnor France gave any follow-up to their declaration of war, only tobe forced into action by Hitler's invasion of France a yearlater. ( Full Answer )
Britain and France both had a defence agreement with Poland. When Germany attacked Poland on 1st September 1939, Britain and France both declared war on Germany two days later but their actions did absolutely nothing to help Poland.
The Allies of World War II were the countries officially opposed to the Axis powers during the Second World War . Within the ranks of the Allied powers, the British Empire , the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics , and the United States of America were known as "The Big Three". U.S. Pres…ident Franklin D. Roosevelt referred to the Big Three and China as the " Four Policemen ". Poland and France, before its defeat in 1940 and after Operation Torch in 1942, were considered major allies.   . During December 1941, Roosevelt devised the name " United Nations " for the Allies, and the Declaration by United Nations , on 1 January 1942, was the basis of the modern UN .  At the Potsdam Conference of July-August 1945, Roosevelt's successor, Harry S. Truman , proposed that the foreign ministers of China, France, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom and the United States "should draft the peace treaties and boundary settlements of Europe," which led to the creation of the Council of Foreign Ministers .  . Today, some sources refer to the WWII "United Nations" as the " Allied Powers ", as opposed to the Axis powers. ( Full Answer )
The Prime minisister of Britain, Neville Chamberlain, was succeeded by Sir Winston Churchill aged 65 in 1940. The President of the Soviet Union was Joseph Stalin, probably the most powerful and murderous dictator in history.
Conventional wisdom (as it crystallized in the summer of 1940) says yes . However, those who take this view seldom agree on what Britain could have done in practical terms. There is sometimes the suggestion that a thunderous roar of disapproval from Parliament when Germany announced massive rearm…ament in 1935 together with the reintroduction of conscription would have done the trick ... It would certainly have shown Hitler that his hopes for an alliance with Britain were unrealistic.. Part of the problem is that the British and French governments had enormous difficulty understanding what they were dealing with. There were very few senior people in the British Foreign Office with much knowledge of Germany at that time.. Britain was not alone in this failure to grasp the psychopathic nature of the Nazi regime - their philosophy of "we do what we can get away with". About 24 hours before the Netherlands was invaded on 10 May 1940 the Dutch government was warned by two of its agents in Germany of the invasion. The predominant reaction was disbelief . After all, they told themselves, they had been strictly neutral and done nothing to offend Germany. ( Full Answer )
Prior to world war II, Germany was taking over countries right and left. The Prime Minister of England signed a peace treaty with Hitler. France didn't do anything. The peace treaty did not work. Hitler kept eating away at the countries and land, and ever step he took, England told him "If you take …one more step, We are going to attack you!" Hitler took more steps with the same threat being conveyed to him. He eventually dismissed the threat as 'void and nonthreatening' to his cause. ( Full Answer )
On 1 September 1939 Germany invaded Poland, and two days later Britain and France declared war on Germany because they had a treaty with Poland in which they had undertaken to help Poland if its independence was threatened by force. They wanted to stop Germany before it became too powerful. Polan…d was just an excuse, the British showed how little they cared about Poland in 1945. The Soviets also invaded Poland in 1939, and nobody declared war on them. (The previous month, August 1939, the Nazis and Soviets made several secret agreements. One of the was the partition of Poland between Germany and Russia.) . They had the treaty to protect Poland, but when Germany invaded Poland they didn't do anything about it therefore backing out of their treaty with Poland. but that's when France went to Britain to ask if they could help the polish and Britain said yes. so that is why France and Britain declared war on Germany. . These comments are very valid. European leadership(including the United States) did not want Germany to become a powerful nation following WWI. Politically and economically many countries were insecure about German unity built on the "Volk". . While all of the above points are valid, another reason France and Great Britain went to war with Germany is because they had already gotten Germany to agree twice (Munich Agreement 1938) not to invade any more places, but Germany had broken both of these agreements, so this was the "third strike". . Britain and France had never wanted to declare war on Germany, full stop. They didn't want to cause another world war one where both side would lose yet another generation of young men. So they tried to use diplomacy to retain peace in Europe. Hitler felt when he took power in 1933 that the Slavs and the east was the true enemy to the Germans and tried to get an alliance with Britain against communism as in his book "mein kaumf". But when they declined, Hitler invaded Poland on September 1st. Originally it was set for 21st August but was put back because of the weather. But on the 23rd, Britain, France and Poland signed a treaty that created an alliance between these counties. When the Germans invaded Poland, Britain gave Germany 48 hours to pull out or a state of war would exist between the two counties. So at 12.00 on 3rd September after no response to the ultimatum was heard Britain declared war followed by France at 15.45 . Britain was unable to do anything practical to help Poland. Britain had no direct access to Eastern Central Europe. At best Britain could have helped by proxy, for example if they, together with the French, had attacked Germany in the West. It has sometimes been pointed out that the declaration of war in 1939 was a moral gesture or some kind of grandstanding or possibly an attempt of some kind to "put right" the mistake of the previous year at Munich. The actual "casus belli" or grounds for war weren't well chosen. (In May 1939, Churchill and Lloyd George had expressed doubts about the guarantee to Poland when it came before Parliament. Churchill suggested that Britain had chosen the wrong ally, and that it would make better sense to try to negotiate a treaty with the Soviet Union). ( Full Answer )
Theodore Roosevelt died on 6 January 1919 at the age of 60. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a distant cousin, was President in 1939.
Chamberlain attempted to appease Hitler's territorial ambitions bythe infamous summit at Munich in 1938. Stalin through Molotovsigned the pact bearing his name with Germany's Ribbentrop allowingfor the partition of Europe under pretexts of nonaggression vis-Ã-vis one another. Both attempts failed… an by 1941 leaving much ofEurasia, Africa and the Pacific literally on fire from German andJapanese actions. ( Full Answer )
Morally Britain had to because she had an alliance with Poland when Germany invaded. Strategically, just thinking about self-interest ....hmmm. Who can say?
What action of German aggression finally pushed Britain and France to declare war on Germany in 1939?
Germany and the Soviet Union jointly invaded Poland on Sept 1, 1939. Britain and France had signed a treaty with Poland, prior to this, which obligated that both countries declare war on Germany. Actually, the Soviet Union invaded the eastern region of Poland about a week or so later, as stipulated …in the Germa-Russian treaty in Aug 1939. ( Full Answer )
Because they weren't strong enough. The German Army was much too powerful. Britain sent the BEF (British Expeditionary Force) to France to re-enforce the French Army but both armies were routed by the Germans in 1940 culminating in the evacuation of 335000 British and French troops from the beaches …at Dunkirk. ( Full Answer )
On 1st September 1939, German troops invaded Poland. Britain and France issued a joint declaration that unless Germany withdrew from Poland, they would declare war on Germany. There was no response from Germany so on 3rd September, Britain and France declared war on Germany. Children were evacuated …from towns and cities to places of safety in anticipation of German bombing raids which didn't happen until the following year. Britain then sent the BEF (British Expeditionary Force) to France to re-enforce the French Army. ( Full Answer )
President Roosevelt felt that the US should aid the allies in the war against Germany, claiming that the war was like a "neighbors home on fire" if the "neighbor" wasn't helped, then the fire would affect us. American's felt that even if the allies were losing, America should remain isolationist, du…e to a strong resentment to war from WWI. The US however, still aided the allies through various programs, and did not engage in any warfare until 1941. ( Full Answer )
The Empire remained on Britain's side. Lots of Canadians were involved in the Battle of Britain. Australians and New Zealanders too. There were also quite a lot of pilots from Nazi occupied countries. Loads of Poles and Czechs. There were even several people from the neutral US and Ireland serving… in the RAF. Be that as it may, the British Empire stood alone against the Nazis during the Battle of Britain. It as their "Finest Hour." ( Full Answer )
In my personal opinion, Britain did the right thing by going to war against German and for them. Hitler did try to sweet talk Britain to join him because since we beat Germany in the first world war, he thought that we would be a powerful alley to the Germans. It almost worked since some people in B…ritain agreed of what he was promising to the people, mostly that he was getting rid of Communist. It didn't work because I think Hitler just lost his mind waiting for Britain to join him so he bomb us anyway which in turn, made us declare war against the Germans. So overal it was the right thing to do since the Germans started it, or Hitler started it if a German reads this. I don't have anything against you at all! ( Full Answer )
Well, Russia and Germany wanted to split Poland, so France and Great Britain sent typical troops to fight the battle, this was done in the common style of the time of warfare, only Germany used special tactics which was a "Blitzkrieg". The French typically were a weak ally of Great Britain only beca…use they would lose all of France to Germany so easily. ( Full Answer )
Pius XI was pope until he passed away on February 10, 1939. He wasfollowed by Pius XII who became pope on March 2 of that year.
Why did Britain issue the 1939 White Papers which state that Palestine will not become a part of Jewish state?
Britain was interested in preventing strife and warfare in the Middle East as well as making sure that they could continue to get petroleum from other Arab countries. Therefore, they kowtowed to pressure from Arabs in the Mandate of Palestine to rescind permission for Jews to immigrate to Mandatory …Palestine in violation of the terms of the Mandate. ( Full Answer )
In 1939, Canada waited a week to declare war on Germany to show independence from Great Britain. When Britain declared war on Germany in 1914, Canada was automatically included as part of the "British Empire". Thanks largely to the efforts and success of Canada's troops in WWI at places like Vimy Ri…dge, Canada began to consider herself an independent nation rather than simply a "Dominion". ( Full Answer )
Ever? Here are some of them; - Had an Empire - Developed the English language - Invaded loads of countries like America and Australia so the British people could live there - Invented Doctor Who - ...and the Union Jack - Drunk Tea and ate biscuits
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK , or Britain )
The number 1939 is "one thousand nine hundred and thirty-nine." The year would be spoken "nineteen thirty-nine."
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom : David Lloyd George - 1916 to 1922 , Stanley Baldwin 1923 to 24 (then 1924 to 29 and again from 1935-37) , Ramsay MacDonald 1924 , Neville Chamberlain - May 1937 to May 1940 . See related link below .
The main major event that got Britain and France involved in WWII was the invasion of Poland by the Nazis. The three countries, Britain, France, and Poland had an agreement that if any one of them was invaded the other two would attack Germany.
It had only been 20 odd years since the last world war. Most of the people alive then knew first hand what horrors the war produced. Neither Britain or France had the stomach for another costly war. You'll note also that the Americans were vociferous about not getting drawn in to another European co…nflict. The Allies had forced harsh reparations on Germany after the first world war and Germany's economy was stagnating and the German mark was worth next to nothing due to rampant inflation. They had nothing to lose, and when a demagogue arose to seize power, because of the complacency of Germany's then current leaders and the population in general; it was inevitable that another conflict would ensue. Churchill said it best, "Either you keep the Hun under your foot, or he'll be at your throat!" ( Full Answer )
Nazi Germany entered Poland on September 2, 1939. Prime-minister Nevil Chamberlain issued an ultimatum to Adolf Hitler that if Poland were attacked, Great Britain would come to her aid.
Can you explain how some individuals and groups tried to save Jewish lives from Nazi persecution in the period 1939-45 can you refer specifically in Britain and America?
yes, but this sounds like an essay question. You will find that the plans and aspirations for rescue were far greater than the actual results, or even attempts - for Britain. And that in America look to the fund raising that the American Jews did, so that they could pay others to put themselves… in harm's way. ( Full Answer )
No, it started in the summer of 1940 No, it started in the summer of 1940
Neither Britain nor France invaded any counties in 1939. It was Germany that invaded Poland, starting the Second World War with that.
After WWI the British government promulgated the "Ten Year Rule" which declared, rather optimistically, that there would be no major war involving Britain for at least ten years and therefore defence spending could be cut. (This was predicated on the losses taken in WWI and a wish to not repeat them…). Unfortunately the rule was interpreted as starting from this year , i.e. whatever year it happened to be when defence spending was being discussed. It wasn't officially repudiated until October 1933. Although the government, being the government, did manage to stint on defence spending for a bit longer. Basically the unpreparedness arose from a mixture of horror over the casualties of WWI, a reluctance to go through them again, and wishful thinking. Fortunately Britain was such a powerful nation in terms of capacity that redressing the balance didn't take long. This was helped by the fact that the German economy and manufacturing industry didn't go onto a war footing until late 1943. ( Full Answer )
Britain and France had a defence agreement with Poland. On 1 September 1939, German troops attacked Poland, so on 3 September 1939, Britain and France declared war on Germany.
\n. \n. In the 1930's, Britain and France had a defence agreement with Poland which stated that if Poland was attacked, Britain and France would come to its aid. \n. On 1 September 1939, German troops invaded Poland, so on 3 September 1939, Britain and France declared war on Germany.
Was there ever a time before 1939 that Hitler was thinking about forming an alliance with Great Britain?
While it is possible that Hitler may have conceived of a Nazi-British alliance, I am dubious that such an idea would have been given a long thought. British democracy was directly antithetical to Nazi dictatorial aims. However, I could imagine a Nazi-British Non-Aggression Pact similar to the 1939 N…azi-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact. The Nazis saw no reason to necessarily antagonize the British, but that they would not likely get on as equals. ( Full Answer )