"Rights and Duties of Neutral Powers and Persons in Case of War on Land" (part of Laws of War, Hague V, 1907) were rights and duties of countries which signed Hague V.Steve wrote:Declaring itself neutral meant Czechoslovakia had international law behind it when not allowing military supplies to cross its territory.
The Bolsheviks didn't sign it. They weren't a country. According to laws of The Russian Empire and international law, they were rebels and illegal combatants. For those reasons, they weren't protected by Laws of War and Czechoslovakia didn't have international law behind it.
It was more than that, France and Czechoslovakia publicly demonstrated they were unwilling to fight.Steve wrote:The Poles came to the conclusion that France would not fight over the Sudetenland so therefore Hitler would get what he wanted.
Both countries "blinked" a few times at the beginning of the conflict, and if you blinked you couldn't "unblink."
In comparison, Poland in her long confrontation with Hitler in 38/39 never blinked, never showed weakness.
The Poles coordinated their actions with Germany but not against Czechoslovakia. Czechoslovakia wasn't even aware of the coordination.Steve wrote:If Czechoslovakia was going to be dismembered then now was the time to get Teschen back. As shown in previous posts the Poles coordinated their actions with Germany.
The goal of all that coordinating was to prevent an accidental conflict with Germany.
The Polish offer of an alliance actually specified what was for the Czechs in it.Steve wrote:The Sudetenland had never been part of Germany and it seems the Czechs never expected Germany to make the demands it did.
And the "it" was protection of Sudetenland.
Czechoslovakia was a dagger thrust into the heartland of Germany, it was a direct threat to German security. It was obvious even then.