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Britians Objective in WWII

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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 07 Oct 2004, 22:04
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Post 11 Oct 2007, 12:57
Hey Diving Carrot, it looks like the fight you're looking for hasn't yet been started on this thread, so here are a couple points to ruffle your feathers:

1. Why is it strange that the Soviets would use the term 'regime' to describe the Polish state and government? After all, each side's goals and interests were antithical to one another. I'm sure the autocratic government in Poland during the 1920s and 1930s had just as much anti-Soviet propaganda.

2. This brings us to the Polish-Soviet War: It wasn't a clear cut case of "Soviet aggression against the peace-loving Polish people". Each side had their own interests, the Soviets to promote the spread of worker's governments throughout the region, the Poles to regain lands lost in previous wars with imperial Russia.

3. The 1939 justifications were quite different. Stalin was first and foremost trying to create a buffer zone against the Nazis. The act of annexing lands previously controlled by Poland was merely a seesaw repeat of what had happened throughout Polish/Soviet and Polish/Russian history, and a secondary concern.

4. Regarding democrats being termed 'reactionary', as already mentioned the inter-war Polish government was not the liberal democratic utopia that you outline it to have been. And of course communists look at democrats as reactionaries -they continue to support/uphold the power of the bourgeoisie.
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Post 06 Oct 2009, 07:31
It's quite possible, that Britain may have entered the War, on the other side if Neville Chamberlain would have had his way. Chamberlain did not wish to enter the War at all, but Britain would probably have needed to enter it eventually, in some fashion.

Like many in Britain who had lived through World War One, Chamberlain was determined to avert another war. His policy of appeasement towards Adolf Hitler culminated in the Munich Agreement in which Britain and France accepted that the Czech region of the Sudetenland should be ceded to Germany. Chamberlain left Munich believing that by appeasing Hitler he had assured 'peace for our time'. However, in March 1939 Hitler annexed the rest of the Czech lands of Bohemia and Moravia, with Slovakia becoming a puppet state of Germany. Five months later in September 1939 Hitler's forces invaded Poland. Chamberlain responded with a British declaration of war on Germany.

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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 10 Jun 2004, 17:01
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Post 28 Jun 2010, 09:03
It was to use both the eastern European nations, Poland #1, as a buffer against a rising Stalinist Russia. However Chamberlain also supported Hitler in that role, as revealed in his letter to him, etc.
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