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Why Did Britain Go To War Over Poland?

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Why Did Britain Go To War Over Poland? From 1937 onwards British and French rearmament plans started and it wasn't until late 1939 that the allies military production peaked and the military was approximately the same as Germany's. Although military production was increasing it couldn't be sustained politically and so the German threat had to be dealt with as soon as possible. The army and navy had to be increased in size and money was spent on tanks and battleships. Also the RAF had told Chamberlain that they wouldn't be ready until the late 1939. Also the Dominions were more likely to support Britain in 1939 because they realised that there could be a large European War, because they were aware of Germany's continued aggressiveness and also the threat of Japan. The Royal Visit to Canada was very important because it created more support for Britain. ...read more.

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It was Britain and France who declared war on Germany, when Germany invaded Poland. They knew that appeasement had failed because Hitler had kept making new demands and he looked as if he would carry on with his aggressive policies, and if the allies had appeased over Poland they would have looked like fools. Hitler had boasted that he had overcome the allies and so he thought that they wouldn't honour their guarantee of supporting Poland, which was issued on March 1939 and was support if Polish independence was threatened. Hitler took a gamble over Poland because he relied on his past experience when dealing with the allies and as they had appeased him he had decided to take Poland as well. Germany and the USSR had not managed to sign a an alliance in the summer of 1939, as neither of the countries trusted each other and this made Poland very anxious about the motives of Britain and the USSR. ...read more.

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Appeasement had failed but had been a realistic policy for Britain to follow because before 1939 there was little Britain could do to stop Germany and now they had a very good chance of defeating Germany. The navy of Britain of France put together outnumbered the German navy, which showed that if there was to be a war the year 1939 was a good time. Also now public opinion had turned from being anti- war to anti-Hitler and many people considered war as an option. The USA was now more involved and had been trading with Britain a lot so that Britain would have the right supplies and equipment for war, although it did not officially join the war until 1942. Germany and Russia were a terrifying combination and it was a good idea to declare war on Germany because that way the allies could see if the Russians would intervene, even though they didn't and it wasn't until Germany invaded Russia, that the Russians and allies considered about an alliance. By Hyder Mushtaq ...read more.

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