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The background involves many factors. Since many Germans lived in Poland along the German border,Hitler thought that just this part should be German territory. He also hated Polish people and their right to exists as a nation.The old murderer then linked up with another old murderer named Stalin. The deal was the German Russian peace treaty, or the great land grab. If Stalin would not interfere, Hitler would invade Poland and both would split the land. Their was a snag in this thinking. What about Poland's treaty with France and France with England? Hitler believed that neither one would care about Poland. He was wrong. France declared war on Germany followed by England. It is interesting how Hitler began the Polish war. He started by lying about how mistreated the German's living in Poland were. He was actually baiting the German people for war. He then took a dozen or so condemned men and dressed them up in Polish uniforms and staged a fake invasion after Germans took over a radio station and broadcast harrassing Propaganda in Polish to Germans. For the "protection" of the Polish Germans he invaded Poland to "keep the peace". It was all a sham and a lie just like everything else the the petty demon corporal did. Hitler always claimed the moral high ground in world oppinion when in fact he got his way through lies, trechery, intimidation and murder. Thank God for Winston Churchill who stood against him when the rest of the spineless world was caving in daily to Hitler's mad desires. 1. In 1918 Poland had been "recreated" from territory taken from Germany, Austria and Russia. As the nationalities couldn't be neatly divided, this involved the transfer of a significant number of Germans to Poland. In the early years they were in fact treated badly, so much so that quite a number left Poland and moved to Germany. In the immediate aftermath of WW1 the Polish government, with encouragement from France, also tried to seize the Upper Silesia before people in the area could vote (as had been agreed at Versailles) on whether they wanted to remain part of Germany or become part of Poland. A combined force of British troops, there by invitation of the Germans, and German 'Freikorps' drove the Polish irregulars out. There are some incongruous photos dating from 1921 of British troops alongside assorted Germans mercenaries sporting the skull and crossbones! (Note. Britain consistently opposed attempts by France to go beyond the Treaty of Versailles). However, by the 1930s ill treatment of the German minority in Poland had ceased. What Hitler exploited in 1939 was above all memories of earlier events and old resentments. 2. Hitler had admired Pilsudski (died in 1935) and the Poles for their successes against the Red Army in 1920. He was even willing to offer them a kind of privileged status among the Slav peoples (a bit a like the Croats). However, any deal would have had to be entirely on his terms and would have involved giving Germany control over the land corridor separating East Prussia from the rest of Germany and Danzig would have had to be returned to Germany. Poland, perfectly resasonably, rejected this. 3. The sequence of events in early September 1939 was: a. Sept. 1st: German secret service attacked German radio station in Gleiwitz (Silesia) at 5.45am. Invasion followed within minutes. b. Sept. 3rd: Britain delivered ultimatum to Germany to halt the advance into Poland. Satisfactory reply required within two hours. There was no reply and Chamberlain broadcast to the nation, informing the British that the country was at war with Germany. Later that day France declared war on Germany. Hitler's hope that he could fight a 'local' war were dashed and he had a major European war on his hands.

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