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EH.293, Englands Antwort an Hitler!

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English Title/Description
Great Britain's Answer
Conflict Language/s
World War II German
Production Agency Year Pages Size
E.H./S.O.1 1939 2 13.5 cm x 21.5 cm
Printer/s Date of First Print-run
Total Number of Leaflets Printed Total Number of Leaflets Pulped
First Dissemination by Aircraft Last Dissemination by Aircraft Total No. Dropped by Aircraft
24/25 October 1939 24/25 October 1939 108,000

Error in Complete Index.


DateQuantity DroppedTarget/s
24/25 October 1939108,000Berlin, Magdeburg, Hamburg

Total number of leaflets disseminated by Aircraft: 108,000

GRAND TOTAL: 108,000



Great Britain's Answer to Hitler!

Speaking on October 12th Mr. Chamberlain declared that it was after a wanton act of aggression which had cost so many German and Polish lives that the German Chancellor had now put forward his proposals. They were to be based on the recognition of his conquests and his right to do what he pleased with the conquered. It would be impossible for Great Britain to accept such a basis; international disputes should be settled by discussion, not by force.

The fundamental difficulty in dealing with Herr Hitler's proposals was his repeated disregard of his word and his sudden reversals of policy.

"The plain truth" said Mr. Chamberlain, "is that after our past experience, it is no longer possible to rely upon the unsupported word of the present German Government."

"It is no part of our policy to exclude from her rightful place in Europe a Germany which will live in amity and confidence with other nations."

On the contrary no effective remedy could be found for the world's ills that did not take account of the just claims and needs of all countries. Whenever the time might come to draw the lines of a new peace settlement the future would hold little hope unless such a settlement could be reached through the method of negotiation and agreement.

It was not, therefore, with any vindictive purpose that Great Britain and France had embarked on war, but simply in defence of freedom. It was not alone the freedom of the small nation that was at stake, but there was also in jeopardy the peaceful existence of the British Empire, of France and indeed of all freedom loving countries.


"We seek no material advantage for ourselves" continued Mr. Chamberlain. We desire nothing from the German people which should offend their self-respect. We are not aiming only at victory, but rather looking beyond it to the laying of a foundation of a better international system which will mean that war is not to be the inevitable lot of every succeeding generation."

"I am certain that all the people of Europe, including the people of Germany, long for peace… The peace which we are determined to secure, however, must be real and settled peace, not an uneasy truce interrupted by constant alarms and repeated threats. What stands in the way of such a peace? It is the German government, and the German government alone, for it is they who by repeated acts of aggression have robbed all Europe of tranquillity and implanted in the hearts of all their neighbours an ever present sense of insecurity and fear."

There was complete agreement between the views of the British and French governments. The proposals in Herr Hitler's speech were vague and uncertain; they contained no suggestion for righting the wrongs done in Czechoslovakia and to Poland. Even if they did, it would still be necessary to ask by what practical means the German government intend to convince the world that aggression will cease and that pledges will be kept. Acts - not words alone must be forthcoming before Great Britain and France would be justified in ceasing to wage war to the utmost of their strength.

Mr. Chamberlain concluded:

"The issue is therefore plain. Either the German Government must give convincing proof of the sincerity of their desire for peace by definite acts and by the provision of effective guarantees of their intentions to fulfil their undertakings, or we must persevere in our duty to the end."

"It is for Germany to make her choice."

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