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Michael Stewart asks, June 16, 2003, why Britain did not declare war on Stalin in Sept 1939



Why did not Britain declare war on the Soviet Union in Sept 1939?

ONE thing that has always intrigued me and which I'd like your opinion on is, why Britain declared war on Germany for invading Poland but not on the USSR for doing likewise on Sept 17, 1939?

Michael Stewart

[In full answer to the above; see letter from Martin Gwynne, July 1, 2003]
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David Irving replies

... simple. There was a secret post-war clause appended to the Anglo-Polish agreement of August 1939, which said in effect "certain restrictions apply." The restriction was: this agreement shall define that the enemy referred to is Germany and no other... We ain't fools.


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