- May 2014
Oh, I certainly wouldn't have put it past Hitler to deport Poles and other "unreliable" and "un-Germanizable" Slavs en masse to Siberia, Central Asia, or somewhere else.
Polish-German relations actually were relatively warm in 1934-1938 before severely deteriorating in 1939. The USSR actually did sign a Non-Aggression Pact with Poland in 1932 only to subsequently violate it seven years later in 1939.I am under the impression that in the 30's Poland's relations to Germany were actually better than their relations to the USSR and that the USSR considered Poland an enemy in the interwar years? With this in mind, it's difficult to imagine an alliance with the USSR, the best they could hope for was that the USSR stay out of the German-Polish war.
Germany would have very likely crushed both Poland and Romania in this scenario both with and without the USSR's help.Poland also declined to call upon their ally Romania when the war started, was this a mistake or not? Could Romania entering the war against Germany have dissuaded the USSR from invading Poland and risk facing active war against Romania too? For sure a neutral but friendly Romania allowed the retreat of a lot of Polish troops that ended up fighting on the allied side later, but there was another option too.
A Polish-Czechoslovak-Romanian alliance would have certainly been a more formidable counter to Nazi Germany. The population ratios would have certainly been much more comparable. I do wonder just how they would have compared in regards to industrialization, though. To my knowledge, Germany and Czechia were both very industrialized but the rest of Czechoslovakia as well as Poland and Romania weren't.Somewhat OT:
There were several attempts at alliances in Eastern Europe in the interwar years, but in the end they all failed to protect their members and prevent any wars. In 1939 it's too late to change that, but for sure a lot of things could have been done differently in the 20's and 30's. What if Poland and Czechoslovakia would have been allied and on friendly terms in 1938 and knowing that for example Poland and Romania had it's back, Czechoslovakia would have declined Germany's demands regardless of what the western powers would have said?
Eventually yes, but if we add up some assumptions:Germany would have very likely crushed both Poland and Romania in this scenario both with and without the USSR's help.
Source: Romanian Bridgehead - Wikipedia..the Polish government decided that it would be much more helpful to have a safe haven in Romania and a safe port of Constanța that could accept as many Allied merchant ships as required to keep Poland fighting. The Polish Navy and merchant marine were mostly evacuated prior to 1 September (see Peking Plan); they were to operate from French and British ports and deliver the supplies through Romania.
In hindsight give up Danzig and hope for best. Giving up Danzig might not have worked but it's really the only alternative I can see given the situation they are in 1939. Sadly at this point, Poland's fate was pretty much inevitable barring dues ex machina.What do you think the ideal course of action for Poland's leadership in 1939 was? The way that things turned out for Poland wasn't exactly pleasant. Specifically, Poland got conquered and occupied by Nazi Germany, had its officer corps and intelligentsia brutally murdered by the Soviets at Katyn, had its Jewish population annihilated by the Nazis, was occupied by the Soviet Union, and subsequently had to endure decades of Communist rule. It also lost its eastern territories but at the same time gained vast new territories in the west.
If Poland's leadership at the start of 1939 could have seen what was going to occur to Poland over the next several decades, do you think that they would have chosen an alternative course of action? If so, what alternative course of action do you think that they would have chosen? Also, what do you think that the results of this alternative course of action would have been for Poland and the rest of its neighborhood for the next several decades?
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