What is the historical Truth about WWII ?
Was Hitler really forced to invade Poland?
William J. Scott gives an account of what his research revealed
( copied from Deutsche Staatszeitung, March 20, 2010)
I am writing this letter regarding the letter Mr. Carl Grassl wrote and you published in issue number 5, dated January 30, 2010 on page 3. I find myself unable to understand his remarks, in which he stated that he found it hard to swallow that Britain and France turned the actions of Adolf Hitler in Poland into a world war. He based his reasoning on the statement, and I quote: All Hitler had to do was not invade Poland. No one held a gun to his head. REALLY??
I find that a factually incorrect statement. I say this, because the historical record is not in agreement with what he has to say on the subject. It may agree with the Allied Version of the history of the period. But their version, and the true historical record of that time are quite different. I shall enumerate my reasons, by starting with the German-Polish problem since the end of WWI. Poland had been a Russian fiefdom until, in 1916, Poland as a souvereign state had been refounded by Germany and Austria. However from the very beginning of its existence, Poland invaded, ravaged and annexed as much as it was able to, of the countries of all its neighbours, Latvia, Belorussia, the Ukraine, and, Germany. The final goal of these military operations was a Great-Poland from the Baltic to the Black Sea, including the Baltic states, the Ukraine and a good part of Germany, if possible including even Breslau, Berlin and Hamburg (!). The whole of Czechoslovakia was well on the menu of the aggressors too. The Peace Makers in Versailles granted most of the German land militarily conquered by Poland long after the truce in 1918 to the newly made state Poland. The Red Army reconquered the good part of the Ukraine, however, the end of the story was a Poland that included so many minorities in coherent settlements that ethnic Poles were just over 50% of the population. The policy of Poland against these minorities was that of brutal extinction and Polonization. In only 16 years from 1923 to 1939 Poland managed to expulse and dislodge 75% of the German minority. However, all ethnic groups were treated terrible.
Around the time that Adolf Hitler was elected Reichskanzler (German Chancellor) in 1934 the leader of Polands government was Marshal Josef Kiemens Pilsudsky and, the relationship to Hitler was quite congenial so much so, that they signed a German-Polish Non-Aggression Pact on January 26, 1934. The congenial relationship changed for the worse, when the old Marshal of Poland died on May 23, 1935. The man who succeeded Pilsuski as Marshal of Poland in 1936 was Edward Ryzd Smigly*, and he did not share the desire to maintain good relations with Germany. In fact in 1930 he made the statement: I am going to break out the German arch-enemys fangs for good.
As early as October 24, 1938, the Polish Ambassador in Berlin was offered suggestions regarding a solution of some of the existing points of contention between Poland and Germany. It stated there should be a return of the purely German Free State of Danzig from the Polish Customs Union, into which it had been forced to belong on April 1, 1922.
In addition to that, the plebiscite was to be given to West Prussia, which was denied her in 1920. If the results favored Poland, a rail and a road dam between Burton in Pomerania and East Prussia and Dirschau in the Free State of Danzig was to be built which would link East Prussia with the German Reich. If the vote favored Germany, a similar dam was to be built from the former German now Polish Province of Posen to the harbour of Gdingen (later Gdynia). This port would remain Polands at any rate. Also included in the proposal was the desire to extend the German-Polish Non-Aggression Pact of 1934 to a duration of 25 years. And Hitler offered what no German Chancellor could ever have offered to Poland. Germany was to acknowledge the Polish-German frontier and even guarantee all borders of Poland, also against Soviet Russia!
Hitlers far-reaching proposals were bluntly refused. Poland as a consequence of the peaceful proposals of Germany even mobilized its army! Poland in these days was highly militarized; her army was bigger than Germanys. And the policy against the German minority was now aggravated to that extent that hundred thousand Germans had to flee to the woods, or, under shelling from Polish soldiers, over the borders. Between March and August more than 70.000 refugees had to be housed in German refugee camps, nothing is known about the numbers of refugees who had been accommodated by relatives or friends. And the aggression against the Germans did not stop but increased on a daily basis. This policy together with hundreds of frontier violations by the Polish army proofed the warmongering rhetoric from Poland reality.
The Reich Chancellor notwithstanding all these severe provocations made, patiently and peacefully four major attempts to solve the problems that hindered good relations between Germany and Poland with no success.
One thing that had not been given up by Germany was the hope for a solution to the problem of Danzig and the Polish Corridor. German policy adhered closely to the opinions of Lord Lothian in an address in 1927 at Chatham House said: Now, if the principle of self-determination were applied on behalf of Germany, in the way that it was applied against them, it would mean the re-entry of Austria into Germany, the union of Sudetenland, Danzig, and probably Memel with Germany and at least certain adjustments with Poland in Silesia and in the Corridor (cited by Fish in his book The Other Side of the Coin page 108).
Former Reichsminister Gustav Streseman
Former Reichsminister Gustav Streseman, who had won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1926, had tried to regain Danzig, and revise the border in Upper Silesia. Former Chancellor Heinrich Bruning stated: A German Government that renounced all claim to the Corridor could not survive more than 24 hours. One has to examine the history of the relationship between Germany and Poland to really understand the reason for the friction between the two nations. The Poles stated on October 20, 1930:
In a war with Germany, no prisoners will be taken and there will be no room for humane feelings or cultural restraint. The German-Polish War will make the world tremble. We must awaken in our soldiers a super-human disregard for their own safety and a spirit of merciless revenge and cruelty.
On March 26, 1939, a provocative rejection of the German suggestions was forwarded after a partial mobilization of the Polish Army (for those who do not fully understand the mobilization of troops: According to the Geneva Convention, such action is equivalent to a declaration of war).
On March 31, 1939 there was a British-French Guarantee given to Poland which deliberately worked against a peaceful solution of the German-Polish problem. This document is unique in the history of all guarantees: The British promised to wage war against Germany, if only Poland would succeed to get Germany into the war, even by aggression! This immediately escalated Polands rabid incitement against Germany. Polish newspapers demanded the occupation of Danzig, all of east Prussia, in fact they advocated that Poland should push its border all the way to the Oder River, some again advocated the annexation of Berlin and even Hamburg.
On May, 1939, Polish Constitution Day, according to J.A. Kofler in his book Die Falsche Rolle mit Deutschland (the counterfeit role with Germany), the most intimidating statement made was: The German demand for an artery to East Prussia and Danzigs return to Germany must be answered with war against Germany. The ridiculous German Army, consisting of the undernourished generation of the Treaty of Versailles, with its silly dummy tanks would be thoroughly trounced in Berlin
In the summer of 1939, Polish Marshal Edward Rydz Smigly openly admitted: Poland wants war with Germany, and Germany will not be able to avoid it, even if it should wish to do. Taking this situation into consideration, who can honestly uphold the phrase Nobody forced Germany, nobody held a gun to Hitlers head ??
Poland refused an invitation to diplomatic talks in Berlin, for which Adolf Hitler had requested England and France to be mediators. Immediately, after his request Britain ratified a British-Polish Mutual assistance Pact on August 25, 1939. On that same day, Hitler received the French Ambassador Coulondre and stated: Polish provocation has placed the Reich in a position that could not be allowed to continue.
Referring to the French-Polish alliance, the Fuehrer added that he would not attack France, having renounced all Territorial claims against that country, but if France went to war for Poland, he would see it through to the finish; (ref: Encyclopedia Americana 1953-Volume 29, page 556g World War II).
On August 30, 1939, Hitler drew up a document, which outlined a list of 16 points, which were German suggestions of preventing war, and resolving the German-Polish problem. The document was sent to London, Rome and Moscow, but Warsaw refused even to send an authorized representative to accept it. On the contrary, on that same day Poland ordered total mobilization, which I stated before, under the Protocols of the League of Nations is equal to a declaration of war. In addition to that, on that same day the German Counsel Schillinger was murdered in Crackow, Poland.
Speaking of maintaining their honor, in the case of England and France, as Mr. Grassil stated, concerning Poland, it is well to remember that on September 17, 1939, when the Soviet Army invaded the Eastern part of Poland, not one word was spoken by either of the so-called honorable nations against the actions of the Red Army. In the Finnish Mannerheim Archives was a plan of encirclement by the Allies, with a secret dossier, which stated that the first task that was to be accomplished would be the occupation of Norway and Denmark, was planned for May 14-15, 1940.
Since Finland was to be in Soviet hands by then, followed up by an advance of the British and French armies though Holland and Belgium to attack the Rhine front was timed to coincide with the Soviet attack from the east. The fact that the Soviet Union had been condemned as an aggressor for its attach on Finland, and expelled form the League of Nations, did not bother Mr. Winston Spencer Churchill in the least. (ref: Encyclopedia Americana 1953 Vol.11, p.2241- Finland).
Regarding the dossier mentioned above, Britain under Churchill built up the British Expeditionary Force under the pretense of aiding Finland, but the true goal was to occupy Norway and Denmark. (this information was discovered during the German occupation of Paris). The short term goal in reality was to stop Swedish deliveries of iron-ore needed by Germanys steel industry, as well as creating a northern base necessary for a military attack on Germany.
According to Birger Dahlerus, Swedish industrialist and also an author said in a book he wrote entitled The Last attempt (Der Letzte Versuch), page 110: On August 31, at 11:00 a.m. when I and the British Counselor Forbes visited the Polish ambassador Legation Lipski in Berlin in order to submit Hitlers 16 Points to him, he declared he was convinced in the event of war, unrest would break out in Germany, and the numerically stronger Polish troops would march victorious against Berlin.
British Colonel John C. Scott who gave an election speech on August 14, 1947 revealed the real underlying issues of the World War II. Scott claimed that at the conclusion of military operations in Poland a war by telegram was waged between the Allies and the German Foreign Office. He was one of the transmitters in those negotiations.
The Allies gave the Reich two conditions, and their acceptance would have brought about an immediate cessation of hostilities, and a free rein for Germany in Poland. Those conditions were, Germany must return to the Gold Standard and the Leage of Freemasonry must be readmitted to Germany. This was not published until November 6, 1947 in Tomorrow, which closed its article by stating Some 55 million people had to die to make the Gold Standard in Germany permissible.
The man most responsible for wanting the destruction of Germany was Winston Spencer Churchill. To reinforce that statement, I quote some of his own words: Germany is too strong. We must destroy her. These words were spoken in November 1936. Then again he made the statement: The war was not just a matter of elimination of fascism in Germany, but rather obtaining German sales markets, as stated in March 1946.
In another book written by British general J.F.C. Fuller in 1964 the title of which is The Art of War, Fuller stated: Hitlers political ideas were not what thrust us into the war. The cause of the war was his successful attempt to rebuild a new economy. The roots (of the old) were envy and fear.
Going back to that period of time when the Soviets invaded Finland, the Finns lost territory, but remained free, because of the resolute stand made by Marshal Mannerheim for 100 days with his brave Finnish Army, who hopelessly outnumbered, finally had to sue for peace.
When I spoke of Britains false actions by trying to use the ruse that they were an Expeditionary Force to help Finland, when they sought to invade Norway and Denmark, the British had already violated Norways neutrality by mining Norwegian waters. The Royal Navy on the night of April 8/9, 1940, were underway to invade Norway under the code name of operation Wilfred, but the German Navy got the drop on the British by ten hours.
Regarding Mr. Grassls remarks about the Sitzkrieg: It wasnt Hitler who heated up the fighting. Let me explain what I mean. While the German Army was busy in Poland on September 7, 1939, the French Army crossed the German border in to Saarbrücken in what was designated as Operation Saar and met little or no opposition from the German Army. By all means the invasion should have been successful, because:
1) The French possessed some of the best armor in the world, but their men were not properly trained in their use.
2) There was no German armor west of the Rhine River, and the Germans had no anti-tank weapons capable of destroying French armor.
Furthermore, the Germans were short of machine-guns, small arms of all types, artillery and tanks, because Hitler had massed his total strength against Poland. By September 17, five days after the French crossing had really reached the peak of their offensive, with the invasion of eastern Poland by Soviet troops, there was a feeling by the French that this European conflict might become a world war.
As a result of this , the French withdrew their troops to the Maginot Line on September 21, 1939, and by September 21, 1939, and by September 30th, French troops were ordered to retreat to its homeland. (ref: U.S. Military Magazine World War II, Sept. 1999, pp. 42-48 Titled- Operation Saar A Lost Opportunity by Kevin R.Austria; and Invasion of Poland pp. 26-34-76 by David T. Zabecki).
Winston Spencer Churchill who at the time was head of the British Admiralty suggested mining the Rhine River, to which the French strongly protested, stating the Germans would retaliate and shell the Seine River Bridges. In Britain in the House of Commons, it was suggested to bomb the Black Forest and cause uncontrollable fires in Germany. However, British Secretary of State for Air, Sir Arthur Kingsley Wood refused to do so, on the grounds such attacks would destroy private property. French Premier Eduard Daladier also requested that the British refrain from bombing Germany.
It could at that time be called a Gentlemens War, as the Germans were doing only what was operationally necessary. This static warfare would change regarding the bombing of Germany when Winston Spencer Churchill became Prime Minister on May 10, 1940, and he immediately ordered the bombings of the German populations of Aachen (May 12), Duesseldorf (May 13), Eschweiler (May 15), Hamburg (May 16 and June 24) all in 1940.
It was at this time that Adolf Hitler had issued a clear warning to the British of continuing to bomb German cities. He would retaliate with bombings of English cities as reprisal. British military historian Liddell Hart said of Hitlers warning:
The Germans were justified in calling these attacks reprisals, especially since they had announced prior to our sixth attack on Berlin, that they would resort to such measures, if we did not stop our night raids on Berlin. England continued her bombing war against German cities and towns.
Regarding Mr. Grassls opinion of the war in the west, I would like to quote a statement made by another English gentleman Attorney-General Sir Hartley Shawcross who said on March 16, 1984: I believe now that Hitler and the German people did not want war. But we declared war on Germany intent on destroying it, in accordance with our principle of balance of power and we were encouraged by the Americans around Roosevelt (Zionists). We ignored Hitlers pleadings not to enter the war. Now we are forced to realize that Hitler was right.
I close this letter by demonstrating the manner of thought, Winston Churchill had regarding how the war would be conducted against the German Nation. Reflecting back on World War I (1914-1918), he wrote a book in 1932. The title of the book was Thoughts and Adventures and he stated: Everything that happened in the four years of World War I was only a prelude to what the fifth year would have brought. The war of 1919 we never fought, but the ideas live on. Death stands at the ready, it only waits the word. Next time perhaps, it may be a matter of killing women and children, or the entire population.
I rest my case, as an attorney would say with the firm conviction that: Only the Truth can set Man free.