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Why Did Britain Declare War On Germany Over Poland In September 1939.

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WHY DID BRITAIN DECLARE WAR ON GERMANY OVER POLAND IN SEPTEMBER 1939 On September 1939 Great Britain and France declared war on Germany. This second war was possibly an event, which Hitler wanted to take place, but not as early as September 1939 This was because Chamberlain's policy of appeasement had come to an end, with the invasion of 'rump' Czechoslovakia by the German forces in 1939. This proved that Hitler could not be trusted in future peace treaties, and that he wanted to conquer all non-German territory by any means necessary. In the past his invasions of Europe were seen to be acceptable, as the invaded areas all contained many Germans. For example in1936 he took the Rhineland, and two years the Sudetenland. ...read more.

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In January 1939, Hitler made a speech in which he threatened to destroy the entire Jewish race. This was because the Jewish played the part of the escape goat into Germanys fall at the end of World War 1. As a result from 1939 onwards, Great Britain had been rearming, and so by 1939/1940 they believed that they had air superiority. Great Britain was keen to build up its R.A.F, as it was feared that the bomb would win them the war. This phobia was due to the horrific images of the destruction the bomb caused in the Spanish civil war. However due to the massive cost of the rearmament programme, Great Britain had to go to war sooner, rather than later. ...read more.

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The Nazi-Soviet pact signed in August 1939 made war even more likely. This pact neutralised the Soviet threat, and so Hitler thought that Great Britain and France could do nothing. Due to this Hitler believed that he had a good claim to West Prussia and Danzig. This was backed-up by the British ambassador, who gave out false details that Great Britain would do nothing until 3rd September 1939. Hitler therefore believed that Chamberlain would propose another 'Munich Styled' agreement. When Hitler invaded Poland on 1st September 1939, World War 2 had started. Great Britain had realised that their Prime Minister had failed, but had gained time to re-arm, which was vital to their survival in 1940. With hindsight a larger scaled war might have been avoided had Great Britain declared war earlier. However by September 3rd 1939 Great Britain realised that it had no option apart from war, but was better prepared. ...read more.

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