Sunday, 16 January 2011 17:02
How Chamberlain and Halifax lied the UK into WWII
(SOURCE: www.kreuz.net/article.12507.html) (Babelfish translation)
On 1 September 1939 - on the day of the German invasion in Poland - the French minister of foreign affairs Georges Étienne Bonnet († 1973) came closer to the Italian government.
He asked it for a proposal for mediation to end the war between Germany and Poland.
On 2 September 1939 the Italian Duce Benito Mussolini († 1945) presented a conference proposal to the powers.
It planned that the German troops remain standing, where they are straight.
Afterwards an international conference should be called up. The French government agreed.
On 2 September 1939 Adolf Hitler († 1945) explained itself ready to stop its troops until on 3 September 1939 at 12.00 o'clock.
Afterwards Germany would have to give up its Poland campaign, since the momentum would have been lost.
But the British Prime Minister Arthur Neville Chamberlain († 1940) rejected the conference proposal.
The offer went to it and his minister of foreign affairs Edward Frederick Lindley Wood Halifax († 1959) not far enough.
They demanded that the German troops do not only remain standing, but to turn around should.
That was a demand, which had not been ever placed in war history.
The British intention consisted of further-driving Hitler and the way to block any new negotiations
Because of the resistance of the British the French minister of foreign affairs Georges Bonnet († 1973) tried to move Poland in the single-handed attempt to agree the conference.
But British Ambassador Howard knowing pool of broadcasting corporations († 1955) advised Poland against.
Mussolinis proposal had to be approved by the French parliament.
Therein the British minister of foreign affairs Halifax saw his chance to bring the proposal to case and save the war - before the French cabinet could decide for the peace.
Halifax telephoned to the Italian minister of foreign affairs Gian Galeazzo Ciano († 1944).
In the discussion it, not only, maintained the British but also the French government demands that the German troops would have not to be only stopped but withdrawn.
The einfältige Ciano believed him, and Mussolini withdrew its peace proposal hastily.
Ciano kabelte this on 2 September 1939 to Italian Ambassador Bernardo Attolico († 1942) to Berlin.
When the French minister of foreign affairs Bonnet in a discussion break experienced that the Italians would have withdrawn their proposal, it was dismayed.
It stood now suddenly without basis for negotiation there. Hasty it called Ciano.
But this did not see a way to take up the proposal for mediation again.
The war continued.