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What is the background to the German invasion of Poland?

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2007-05-18 02:24:03

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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