16. France/Poland Treaty:

In 1939 Britain and France had signed a series of military agreements with Poland that contained promises since the leaders of Poland had come to an understanding that they were faced with the problem of Germany.  The leaders of Poland had understood that alone, they stood no chance against Germany; this resulted in the signing of agreements between France and themselves.  The France/Poland treaty that was signed in 1939 stated that in the event of German aggression against Poland, France would counteract this aggression by sending their army. The French army would be sent “no later than fifteen days after mobilization” if the Germans had attacked Poland.  When the Germans had attacked Poland, the French troops had come to support Poland, but when the German army showed resistance, the French had stopped immediately and ceased its aggression towards the German army.  This then resulted in Hitler having a complete victory over Poland which enabled Hitler to later mobilize his forces for his next conquest of the Western side of Europe.  The treaty between France and Poland could be considered a monumental betrayal because France had failed to keep true to the Treaty, but none the less France had failed in the support of Poland, thus causing Poland to be conquered by Hitler.

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