Adolf Hitler and World War 2
In 1939, Hitler announced Britain the main enemy to be beaten and that Poland’s obliteration was an important prelude to that goal. The eastern side would be kept safe and the land would be included to Germany’s Lebensraum. On 31, March 1939, Hitler got offended by the British “guarantee” of Polish independence, he said, “I shall brew them a devil’s drink”. Continue reading Research Paper on the Start of World War 2 to learn more about the topic.
In a speech in Wilhelmshaven for the launch of the battleship named Tirpitz on 1 April. He warned to denounce the Anglo-German Naval Agreement if the British continued to guarantee Polish independence, which he found to be an “encirclement” policy. Poland was to either be a part of German satellite state or be neutralized to protect the Reich’s eastern flank and to prevent a likely British blockade.
Initially, Hitler favored the idea of a satellite state, but due to the rejection of the Polish government, he concluded to invade and made this the main goal of the foreign policy of 1939. On 3 April, Adolf Hitler ordered the military to get ready for Fall Weiss (Case White), the aim was to invade Poland on 25 August.
World War 2 – Hitler and Poland
In a Reichstag speech on 28 April, he rejected both the Anglo-German Naval Agreement and the German-Polish Non-Aggression Pact. In August, Hitler informed his generals that his main plan for 1939 was to “…establish an acceptable relationship with Poland in order to fight against the West”. Historians such as William Carr, Gerhard Weinberg, and Ian Kershaw have debated that one of the reasons for Hitler’s rush to war was his fear of dying early.
Adolf Hitler was concerned about the fact that a military attack against Poland may conclude to a premature war with Britain. His foreign minister and former Ambassador to London, Joachim von Ribbentrop, guaranteed him that Britain nor France would honor their agreements to Poland. On 22nd August 1939, Hitler ordered a military mobilization against Poland.
This layout needed the help of the Soviet support, and the non-aggression pact between the Soviet Union and Germany, led by Joseph Stalin, consisted of a secret agreement to partition Poland between the two nations. On the other hand, the Ribbentrop’s prediction that Britain would sever Anglo-Polish ties, Britain and Poland signed the Anglo-Polish alliance on 25 August 1939. This, as well as news from Italy that Mussolini would not honor the Pact of Steel, encouraged Hitler to postpone the attack on Poland from 25 August to 1 September.
Hitler tried to maneuver the British into neutrality by offering them a non-aggression promise on 25 August but was unsuccessful in doing so. He later on instructed Ribbentrop to present a last-minute peace plan with a short time frame in hopes to blame pending war on Britain and Polish inaction.