- Jan 2011
1. If Hitler gets offed, there may be no offensive at all, or at minimum the Manstein plan may not be implementedTechnically speaking, if Hitler gets assassinated, this doesn't necessarily mean that Germany is going to fail to defeat France in 1940; it simply means that Hitler won't be around to see this if this still occurs.
Yep. Also, the Allies foolishly break the Stresa Front as a result of Mussolini's invasion of Ethiopia.
Was it in their capacity to actually do much? Still, it would have been nice to be up-front about this with the Poles before the war.
What's a better defense strategy?
Yep. Blame Woodrow Wilson for that for refusing to compromise with the Republicans in the US Senate--many of whom were actually willing to agree to a post-WWI treaty of alliance with Britain and France but opposed Wilson's quixotic fight for US entry into the League of Nations without any meaningful reservations (even though the former was much more important than the latter was).
The French couldn't have prevented the rest of metropolitan France from falling to the Nazis after the Nazis had already conquered Paris, though.
Well, in regards to the USSR, Germany was probably helped by having Stalin come to power there after Lenin's death. Someone else might not have purged the Red Army officer corps so extensively in the late 1930s.
4. Sending at least a couple of brigades (if not divisions) and some air units as soon as the agreement was signed would have given a stronger message to Germany that there would be war if they attacked....
5. Yes... The poles could defend behind their river lines .... The allies could have defense in depth..... the soviets could basically give up 400 or 500 km depth and defend behind the Dniepr to lake Peipus line....
7. This was not the first time in history that Paris had "fallen" (it had been declared an open city).... there were still plenty of defensible lines further south... Failing that there were the colonies