Neville Chamberlain never declared war in 1939 ?

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Neville Chamberlain never declared war in 1939 ?

Post by jabhatta » 04 Oct 2023 15:07

Curious what would have happened in Britain (Domestically) if Chamberlain would NOT HAVE DECLARED war on September 3rd 1939 ?

Would Neville Chamberlain's government be toppled democratically ? If so by whom ?

Would Churchill (Conservative) and Eden (Conservative), cross the aisle, and cut a deal with Clement Attlee (Labour) and topple Chamberlain - democratically ?

What about France ? Would France continue the Saar Offensive without Britain's involvement ?

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Re: Neville Chamberlain never declared war in 1939 ?

Post by Carl Schwamberger » 04 Oct 2023 19:13

jabhatta wrote:
04 Oct 2023 15:07
Curious what would have happened in Britain (Domestically) if Chamberlain would NOT HAVE DECLARED war on September 3rd 1939 ?

Would Neville Chamberlain's government be toppled democratically ? If so by whom ?
Not right away. There was still enough of a anti war feeling, and a faction that wanted more time to prepare. Eventually the warhawks can gain enough traction to either force a war policy on Chamberalins government, or replace it.
Would Churchill (Conservative) and Eden (Conservative), cross the aisle, and cut a deal with Clement Attlee (Labour) and topple Chamberlain - democratically ?
They would make the effort, certainly.

What about France ? Would France continue the Saar Offensive without Britain's involvement ?
French policy had previously depended on consensus with Britain. Renauds government might not issue a DoW right away. It might wait for the Brits to come around. If its clear much sooner the Brits will not be entering a war then either Daladiers government or Renauds might find a path to a September 39 DoW against Germany. if British neutrality is evident as early as March 1939 the France may be receptive to Litinaovs proposal for a Franco Soviet alliance. That could have the USSR and France at war & Britain sitting it out for X amount of time.

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