But as Britain had no forces to help Poland, and,even if it had these forces, it would still be dependent on the willingness of France to declare war,the meaning of the Anglo-Polish alliance (Poland being allied with a country that could send 2 divisions ) was to make it possible for Britain to weasel out .wm wrote: ↑18 Sep 2018 02:27By design, both the Franco-Polish alliance and the Franco-Czech alliance allowed France to weasel out. France was required to help but not to fight.Futurist wrote: ↑09 Sep 2018 00:12This does seem to indicate that Britain was willing to back Poland to the hilt in regards to Danzig. Still, I wonder if Britain could have tried to weasel out of this commitment; after all, France was allied to Czechoslovakia but had no problem throwing Czechoslovakia under the bus in 1938-1939!
The Anglo-Polish military alliance didn't have such a weasel-out option.
Poland asked for a loan of 60 million pound, it got 9 million . All what Poland got during the military negociations was a British pledge for air attacks on German military targets .
Halifax said : We don't think this guarantee will be binding .
His POSS (Cadogan ) said :Our guarantee does not give any help to Poland .
The importance of the guarantee was inexistent.And Poland knew it .
The guarantee did not influence the policy of Germany,of Poland, of the SU, of France, of Britain .
Even without guarantee Britain would still declare war .