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Old 10-03-2018, 05:01 PM   #8
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Adolf Hitler, on 6 October 1939 spoke in the Reichstag:
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I have devoted no less effort to the achievement of Anglo-German understanding, nay, more than that, of an Anglo-German friendship. At no time and in no place have I ever acted contrary to British interests.
… I believe even today that there can only be real peace in Europe and throughout the world if Germany and England come to an understanding.
In August and September 1939, 2 friends of Hermann Göring - the Swedish Birger Dahlerus and American oil magnate William Rhodes Davis - were negotiating with friends in London and Washington DC on Poland.

Johan Birger Essen Dahlerus (1891 – 1957) was a good friend of Hermann Göring. He also had an excellent network of contacts in England.
Dahlerus’ wife was a German national; in 1934, Göring had assisted Dahlerus in obtaining a marriage permit. Dahlerus was also guardian to Göring's stepson from his first marriage.

On 7 August 1939, Dahlerus arranged a meeting at his own house between Göring and 7 British businessmen.
On 25 August 1939, the mutual assistance pact between the British and Polish governments was signed. At that time Dahlerus acted as an intermediary between Göring and the British Foreign Secretary Lord Halifax.
On 26 August Dahlerus met Halifax.
On 27 August, Dahlerus met Halifax, Neville Chamberlain, Sir Horace Wilson and Sir Alexander Cadogan in London. He presented a proposal to Britain on the borders of Poland.
On 29 August, German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop presented Ambassador Neville Henderson with 16 points that Germany demanded. On 30 August, Dahlerus presented the 16 points in a document to Henderson, who dispatched him to Polish Ambassador Józef Lipski.

On 1 September 1939, the Third Reich invaded Poland after Germany had accused the Poles of attacking them at Dirschau.
On 26 September, Dahlerus met Göring and Adolf Hitler in Berlin.
On 28, 29 September, 4, 5, 11, 18, 19 October 1939, Dahlerus again flew to London for meetings with Cadogan, Chamberlain and Halifax. On these occasions Hitler's peace proposals were presented that involved Germany taking back the old Reich territories in Poland and additional territory.
After that Dahlerus was denied a visa to come again to London to present "new" proposals from Göring or Hitler.
The details of Dahlerus’ moves, after the British declaration of war, remained hidden from the public for many years until British archives were declassified: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birger_Dahlerus


William Rhodes Davis (1889 – 1941) was an oil magnate from the US, who claimed to be a relative of Cecil Rhodes on his mother's side and of Jefferson Davis on his father's side (claims which remain “unproven”).
In 1933, he built an oil refinery in Hamburg, Germany, and developed business interests in England and Germany. He was a negotiator for the arrangement that allowed Germany and Italy to build up their oil reserves in the 1930s, until the British blockade gave Rockefeller’s Standard Oil a monopoly.

In 1940, Davis contributed to attacks on President FDR and supported Republican presidential candidate Wendell Willkie.
In December 1940, Verne Marshall, head of the No Foreign War Committee, claimed that Davis in 1939 had presented a peace plan by Göring to the State Department. The German government denied this plan.
Davis also played a role in forming and financing the No Foreign War Committee, while at the same time trying to break Standard Oil’s monopoly on oil to Germany.
The British intelligence centre headquartered in New York wrote:
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The swiftest way to put a stop to this scheme was to remove Davis from the scene.
On 1 August 1941, Davis died of a “heart attack” in Houston, Texas. At the time, Davis was the head or principal of some 20 companies. His estate was valued between $5 and $10 million: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Rhodes_Davis


I can imagine that Nazi Germany could invade countries the size of Austria, Denmark, Belgium and the Netherlands, but France?!?
When Germany tried to conquer France during the First World War, the fights lasted 4 long years and cost the lives of 1.5 million Germans, without conquering France…
On 10 May 1940, Nazi Germany started the invasion of the Netherlands, Belgium and France and in 6 weeks they had completely “defeated” the enemy, loosing 30,000 soldiers.
Obviously they first wanted to make Nazi Germany into a mythical enemy by presented them countries in the easy Sitzkrieg, knowing that would make the defeat of Hitler more impressive.
Unfortunately I haven’t found a good story that shares my view, but I’ll present some information.

On 10 May 1940, in one of those strange coincidences, Winston Churchill had only been Prime Minister for a couple of days…
Not only did the Allied forces possess more tanks than the Germans in the spring of 1940, the British and the French tanks were even better.

The (first) German plan was exposed when a German plane crashed over Belgium in January 1940, with a draft of the plan that was similar to the failed plan in WW I.
Then General Erich von Manstein, tank commander Heinz Guderian, and General Gerd von Rundstedt devised a (new) plan that involved a diversion attack through Belgium by German Army Group B, and the real attack with Army Group A, further south straight through the forest of the Ardennes, directly into France around Sedan.
This attack supposedly took the French completely by surprise. Even when the Wehrmacht’s main attack with Group A was already reported, there was little reaction.
On 14 May, Sedan already fell to the Germans.

German Army Group A dashed towards the French coast, reaching the mouth of the river Somme on the English Channel already on 20 May.
On 24 May, Adolf Hitler and the German commander General Gerd von Rundstedt discussed the strategy to let the British army escape at Dunkirk.

On 22 June 1940, France admitted defeat by signing the Armistice that would take effect 3 days later: https://www.historyextra.com/period/...eatest-gamble/
(archived here: http://web.archive.org/web/201803101...eatest-gamble/)


See Adolf Hitler at his headquarters in the Ardennes, Belgium, May-June 1940.
Left of Hitler is General Alfred Jodl, and on the right Field Marshal Walter von Brauchitsch, and next to him is Admiral of the Fleet Erich Raeder.


On 22 May, Prime Minister Churchill arrived in France.
On 24 May 1940, Churchill received a telegram from French Prime Minister Paul Reynaud:
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the British Army had carried out, on its own initiative, a retreat of twenty-five miles towards the ports at a time when our troops moving up from the south are gained ground towards the north, where they were to meet their allies.
The British army didn’t even put up a fight, before they were allowed to escape.
This still wouldn’t explain that the French army was defeated so fast...

On 24 May 1940, the British army began their retreat to Dunkirk.
At that time German tanks were already positioned along the access routes. The German tanks were only 16 km from the city, while the British were still 60 km away.
But then Hitler issued his famous “Halt Order”. Heinz Guderian recalled “We were struck dumb”.
General Halder raised objections to the Führer’s decision, but Hitler could not be swayed:
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The excited discussion finished with a definite order by Hitler, to which he added that he would ensure execution of his order by sending personal liaison officers to the front.
From 27 May to 4 June 1940, Great Britain successfully shipped 338,000 soldiers off the continent - 215,000 from the British military, and 123,000 French, Belgians, and from other Allied countries.

When France surrendered on 22 June 1940, more than 60% of the French army – 1,547,000 out of 2.5 million – were taken prisoner.
France had (only) 84,000 casualties, which is (also) evidence that no serious resistance was offered.
The German Wehrmacht lost only 28,000 soldiers: https://orientalreview.org/2015/05/3...ce-in-1940-ii/
(archived here: http://archive.is/2Ja2N)
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