Page 225 onward deals with the accusation of an ethnic German fifth column in Poland in 1939.
Footnotes from these pages are missing in this Google Book so I can't see what sources they used.
Pages 291 - 321 of this Google Book - where footnotes from pages 225 onward should be - are missing.
If you have the paper version of this book please write what sources are listed in these footnotes.
is more reliable than a Polish chauvinist work published only last week.
But I do not base my posts on any "chauvinist Polish works".
In the period from end April onward, an extreme war psychosis raged in Poland
The problem is that you base your conclusions on false assumptions, which makes conclusions also false.
could have slipped across the border tol receive training and then slipped back again.
They didn't need to go across the border to receive training. They could receive it in Poland.
Secondly - most of them didn't have to receive any training or nobody bothered to train them.
Thirdly - they didn't have to slip anywhere, they could cross the border legally.
In the atmosphere of heightened vigilance at that time, any ethnic Germans trying to cross the border in either direction would have been caught by the border guards.
Rubbish. Transport of goods & people across the border was working normally until 1 September.
Germans even attempted to exploit this fact in their attacks against Tczew and Chojnice, when they used normal transit trains to hide their soldiers inside and attempted a surprise attack using those transit trains.
I already described that operation in another thread on this forum (see the link):
http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic. ... g#p1507492
Both transit trains were followed by armoured trains.
Therefore, it is contrary to historical truth to suggest that the Abwehr was training saboteurs for action in Poland in the Spring of 1939. It could not have started such training until Hitler had given the go-ahead to begin implementing the invasion plan, "Fall Weiss". (I cannot remember exactly when that was, but it was certainly not before summer 1939).
Let me refresh your memory.
Hitler had given the go-ahead to begin implementing the "Fall Weiss" plan in March of 1939.
March of 1939 seems to be before the Summer (but who knows - maybe in Australia u only have 2 seasons, Winter & Summer).
So the German armed forces simply did not have enough time to recruit a huge army of agents inside Poland.
Depends what you call a huge army.
They managed to recruit many thousands - this is a fact.
But if many thousands (over a dozen thousands) is a huge army? Rather not.
any ethnic Germans trying to cross the border in either direction would have been caught by the border guards.
If a citizen of Poland in 1939 had a passport, nobody could forbid him to cross the border without any reason.
We can say that any illegal immigrants, smugglers or terrorists trying to cross the border would also be caught.
But we would have to be very naive to say this, because any reasonable person knows how reality looks like.
How many illegal immigrants, smugglers and terrorists there are in Europe and America.
In fact, anyone who knows anything at all about the Abwehr knows that it was rather inefficient as an intelligence organisation,
It was later in the war. Wehrmacht also became "rather inefficient" as an army in 1944 and 1945.
Researchers such as Chencinski are possibly mistaking Abwehr self-deception for reality.
Ah - so from now on every German document that you don't like will become "self-deception"? Nice!
The historical fact is that where the Germans won a campaign, in was not by sabotage or other work "behind the lines", but by the brute force of frontal attack in overwhelming force. In none of Germany's campaigns did it make use of any sort of Fifth Column, any sort of network of agents, despite the paranoia in Britain in 1940 about German agents being parachuted in disguised as nuns.
So you claim that one can successfully conduct modern war without having intelligence service.
Nice fairy tale.
BTW - David Thompson just wrote something about recruiting agents in other countries.
and those agents it thought it possessed nearly always tirned out to be double agents working for the Allies.
Oh, poor Germans. But what does it have to do with Poland 1939?
without the Polish security authorities discovering and neutralising them.
I already told you, that Poles actually managed to discover and neutralise some part of them.
You call this: "repressions of ethnic German minority" - if I recall correctly.
in particular the leaders of the community, were arrested and interned
The leaders of organizations which were involved in anti-Polish activities & preparing sabotage network.
Those German organizations (such as JDP) had been legally existing in Poland during entire Inter-War era.
In 1939 they turned out to be involved in smuggling weapons to Poland and other activities.
As David Thompson pointed out, Germans did not "start from zero" in March of 1939.
They already had a strong basis to develop their sabotage-espionage network in Poland.
One of elements of that strong basis were German organizations, which legally existed in Poland (they were not persecuted, or anything like that, by Polish authorities) - and Abwehr fully exploited this fact.
Also many (for sure hundreds) of German spies and agents were in Poland and inside the Polish army already long before March of 1939. Every country has its spies in other countries. Even in modern times.
Poland also had spies in Germany which gathered information - particularly about Wehrmacht.
something that has been recognised even by Polish historians.
As for the rest - I will reply to that tomorrow.