- Aug 1, 2002
A tricky position for any diplomat to be in.
I had to chuckle at his view of von Neurath's sartorial choices.
I had to chuckle at his view of von Neurath's sartorial choices.
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Hmm. Unfortunately the french have to take initiative here and oppose the move first before the British can respond. If they did move up troops, I doubt the british would actually send anything over but they would also probably support them. Then again, sending men is irrelevant because we all know with hindsight that the germans have to run away if the french actually do make a fuss. They aren't ready for war yet.Next to Phipps, François-Poncet shifted uncomfortably. “The French Republic will share the interpretation of international obligation of our British friends,” he said wearily. “This is an unfortunate prov-” he stopped himself from saying ‘provocation’, “gesture”.
Clever. Gives everyone an out, and in politics, that usually means they will take it.That was the point. The Germans were claiming that Locarno didn’t apply, as Britain and Italy were only committed to inte
What does that mean?We would look, if you supported this,” he paused as he considered the appropriate word, “rebalancing of the agreements, to reconsider our participation in the League of Nations”.
France's decline for the first half of 20th century in a nutshell. I certainly wouldn't rely on the British to do anything, ever. Not in reality and certainly not in a HOI game.Nothing, without Great Britain.”
Germany had flounced out of the League of Nations in October 1933. The implication being that if no-one kicks up a fuss over the Rhineland Germany will rejoin, which London and Paris would consider a minor win and a way to drag Germany back into the international system of treaties.What does that mean?
UK is back on the gold standard too, right? So they have a reason to protect the french gold franc too outside of politics?As for France needing British support, it is Britain's bankers, not her Grenadiers or even her battleships, that France wants the support of. Paris is ~6months away from being forced off Gold and devaluing the Franc. Hefty central bank swap-lines and interventions from London and New York are the only thing keeping the show on the road and even then it's precarious. Even a slight war scare from a short show of force would risk causing massive capital (and gold) flight which France cannot afford, not alone.
Nope. UK was off the Gold Standard 1931, US 1933. They do have a reason to support France on Gold, but it would be mostly to maintain the competitive advantage they got from the devaluation. If anything they should be pushing France off gold early, sooner France is off the sooner the French recovery starts (probably, the Popular Front makes that a bit complicated). But Paris has it's dreams of being a financial centre and thinks Gold is the route, so will persist as long as it can.UK is back on the gold standard too, right? So they have a reason to protect the french gold franc too outside of politics?
Eddie did speak French, indeed had a French mistress for a while (of course he did). But France is just about to start an election campaign (first round of voting is End of April) so Eddie trying to intervene would probably be seen as Britain trying to influence the French election and provoke the abdication crisis early. Plus foreign leaders telling voters they are wrong and should follow a certain course of action is almost always net counter-productive.How defeatist are the people of Paris and the border regions with germany? These are the people that need to be riled up to get the gov to do something. I don't know whether edward speaks french but surely he could drop something like international law should be respected, will of the common man, defence of allies is defence of ourselves Yadda yadda.
Good.Prime Minister Sarraut has been publicly defiant.
The nazis doing a deal with the communists? Surely not!“Or the Russians,” that was Sargent.
Yeah the situation for all the European powers involved is a bit bleak. They're all doomed no matter what they do, or so it seems sometimes.I actually feel extremely sorry for the French at this juncture; they are pegged to a UK that is unable to offer any great support, and is rapidly becoming an unreliable partner.
The old classic trick: Present two (or more) extreme approaches, then the one you really want as the moderate "third option." And, as it so often does, it seems to have worked.“Foreign Secretary,” Wigram began, in confronting this crisis the Foreign Office has three primary lines of alternative action to recommend to you and the Cabinet. These are to give up, to resist any German attempt at reoccupation, and to negotiate a settlement.”
"Ours is the four word trick."The old classic trick: Present two (or more) extreme approaches, then the one you really want as the moderate "third option." And, as it so often does, it seems to have worked.
Perhaps we can see if Weygand can run the show this time...I say Army, they had mobilisation plans. I say plans, they had one plan - full mobilisation or nothing. Or at least that was what Gamelin told the French government during the Rhineland Crisis, but how can you trust him? He had neurosyphilis and it's only going to get worse before the balloon goes up. It's a good thing his deputy as Head of the Army doesn't have crippling PTSD after being seriously wounded in an assassination plot.... Oh. Oh dear.
Get him in post early enough and things could be very different indeed.Perhaps we can see if Weygand can run the show this time...
Don't they know already that the french military doesn't really want to fight? From what I've heard over the years, french officers were not shy about saying such things in public sometimes.Get him in post early enough and things could be very different indeed.
This could be Eddie's great service to the nation, on a trip to Paris he could meet Gamelin and then bring back to Londond the vital intelligence that the French High Command is riddled with VD. I imagine that as a great philanderer he was adept at spotting the signs, if only to avoid it himself.