He explained the reason for the obligations which Great Britain had undertaken in the Continent of Europe.
I do not believe there is anyone who will question my sincerity when I say there is hardly anything I would not sacrifice for peace.
Chamberlain once again gave a clear statement of the British obligations to Poland, and stated that "whatever may prove to be the nature of the German-Soviet Agreement, it cannot alter Great Britain's obligation." He added that "it has been alleged that, if His Majesty's Government had made their position more clear in 1914, the great catastrophe would have been avoided.
In a conversation of the 27th May between Sir Nevile Henderson, His Majesty's Ambassador in Berlin, and Field-Marshal Goring, the Ambassador warned the Field-Marshal that Great Britain and France would be involved in war with Germany if Germany attempted to settle German-Polish differences "by unilateral action such as would compel the Poles to resort to arms to safeguard their independence" (No.
In a speech to the Reichstag on the 28th April, Herr Hitler announced that he had made proposals to the Polish Government that Danzig should return as a Free City into the framework of the Reich, and that Germany should receive a route and railway with extra-territorial status through the Corridor in exchange for a 25-years' pact of non-aggression and a recognition of the existing German-Polish boundaries as "ultimate." On the same day a memorandum to this effect was given to the Polish Government.
Henderson and Herr Hitler, and German demand for the arrival of a Polish representative in Berlin by August 30.
On hearing of the reply of His Majesty's Government to the German Government (No.
Speech by the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs in the House of Lords on March 20, 1939.
" Lord Halifax stated that the action of the German Government was "a complete repudiation of the Munich Agreement and a denial of the spirit in which the negotiators of that agreement bound themselves to co-operate for a peaceful settlement." On the 23rd March the Prime Minister stated in the House of Commons that His Majesty's Government, while not wishing "to stand in the way of any reasonable efforts on the part of Germany to expand her export trade," was resolved "by all means in our power" to oppose a "procedure under which independent States are subjected to such pressure under threat of force as to be obliged to yield up their independence" (No.
As regards Ruthenia, the occupation of Ruthenia by Hungary, which began on the 14th March, has also proceeded.75) On the 29th August the Prime Minister once more explained in the House of Commons the British standpoint (No.
89) on the subject of direct German-Polish negotiations, M.
They had not caused the Poles to change their "calm and strong attitude of defence" (No.