Of course Stachiewicz meant the emerging French-British-Polish anti-Nazi alliance.Steve wrote: ↑02 Aug 2022 14:33Perhaps someone can explain why if the Wehrmacht was not ready for war it went through the Polish army like a knife through butter and followed that up with the French army. The guarantee was given because in 1939 the British were worried about Germany dominating Eastern Europe. In 1940 it achieved European domination.
Polish generals well understood that Poland alone couldn't achieve anything against mighty Germany. Especially Stachiewicz, a graduate of the prestigious Ecole Superieure de Guerre.
The idea they didn't and wanted to fight German tanks with sabers is straight from Polish jokes.
OK, but existing evidence doesn't support the idea he was bluffing, or alternatively, that he was serious about the war with Poland.
A leader wanting to gain concessions doesn't kneecap himself by declaring that in no circumstances he won't resort to force.
It doesn't matter. A war with Germany was way too serious not to require Beck's full attention.Steve wrote: ↑02 Aug 2022 14:33Count Lubienski had been head of the Danzig section of the Foreign Ministry till 1936 when he then became Beck's Chef de Cabinet. Government ministers cannot do everything themselves they stand at the top of a pyramid, so for example I'm sure that Beck did not empty the waste bins in the Ministry.
He didn't, proving it was unimportant to him and the Polish leaders.
Still, there were a few more meetings, so "Hitler wanted that was the end of negotiations" isn't correct.Steve wrote: ↑02 Aug 2022 14:33The two sides were still talking until March 26 when Lipski gave Ribbentrop the official Polish reply to German demands that Ribbentrop had made about a week earlier. After stripping away the flimflam the answer was a no to what Ribbentrop wanted to hear. Ribbentrop warned Lipski that the Fuhrer could conclude that it was impossible to reach an agreement with Poland, adding that the Fuhrer wished to avoid such a conclusion. As the Poles would not concede what Hitler wanted that was the end of negotiations.
Actually, a week later, Hitler again solemnly promised that as long as he was Chancellor, there would be no war.