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The Ribbentrop-Beck Pact


PennBoy 76 | 2,437
13 Jan 2013  #1
A new book by Piotr Zychowicz, a Polish author, about how Poland was to join Nazi Germany in invading the Soviet Union. He claims (according to his sources) that until the middle of 1939 Polish-German foreign relations were fundamentalised around that concept. In his book he claims that this started with the sighing of the German-Polish Non- Aggression Pact in 1934. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German%E2%80%93Polish_Non-Aggression_Pact . Assuming that the final pact (on wagging war together) would be sighed by 1939 Germany wound move against France and Great Britain in the spring of 1940. After invading France Poland's role would have been to secure Germany's eastern borders by preventing the Soviets from intervening. After defeating France and pushing the British back onto their island Poland would join Germany in wagging war against the Soviet Union. Poland's foreign policy changed with the death of Marshal Pilsudski and the changes Beck's new government made.


  • Hitler attending a service in Berlin during Pilsudski's funeral
gumishu 11 | 5,007
13 Jan 2013  #2
this is a little known fact but until March 1939 Hitler's Germany were trying to draw Poland into an alliance and Hitler was a personal admirer of PiƂsudzki
OP PennBoy 76 | 2,437
13 Jan 2013  #3
Yep, that's true. Hitler hated communism and admired as well as respected Pilsudski for how he dealt with them in 1920.
kondzior 8 | 945
14 Jan 2013  #4
Pilsudski asked France to pre-emptively attack Hitler together in early thirties, when Germany started to build up military. France being all pussies (and not wanting Poland to become too strong) declined. Hence WW2 and Holocaust. Oh well.
OP PennBoy 76 | 2,437
14 Jan 2013  #5
Pilsudski asked France to pre-emptively attack Hitler together in early thirties, when Germany started to build up military.

Keep your friends close and enemies closer. If the French didn't wanna go to war together with Poland for their own benefit to weaken Germany, then they no way no how would ever attack Germany for Poland. Poland being between stronger states, Germany and Soviet Union had to choose an alliance with one or the other or be crushed.
p3undone 8 | 1,135
14 Jan 2013  #6
PennBoy,it was a catch 22 for Poland.
Tim Bucknall 7 | 98
28 Jan 2013  #7
if you want to save some money on the book its being serialised in Angora.


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