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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 month ago

When Hitler invaded Poland in 1939, Britain and France declared war on Germany, but Russia ALSO invaded Poland in 1939. Why no war on them?

At that time, Russia and Germany had a mutual non-aggression pact and planned to split Poland between them.  Russia invaded eastern Poland soon after Britain and France declared war on Germany for invading western Poland.  Why didn't Britain and France also declare war on Russia?

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  • ?
    Lv 6
    1 month ago
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    They weren't interested in the Soviet Union - they were after Germany.

    The Soviets had tried to enlist Britain's aid in going after Germany weeks before Germany invaded Poland. Finding out that Britain had hardly any troops to contribute, they changed their mind and signed the Non-Aggression Pact with Germany to buy time until Britain could build up their forces and set up a western front to divide and weaken Germany's forces.

    The reason Britain never declared war on the Soviet Union was that the Soviet Union was a fellow ally.

    The fact that war was declared on Germany and not the Soviet Union even though the Soviet Union did the same thing in attacking Poland proves that Germany was the sole target - and thus, it was Britain who wanted war, not the other way around as it is claimed in the history books.

    If the declaration of war was because Germany attacked Poland, war would have been declared on the Soviets as well.

  • Aspen
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    I wondered this too and never seen a good explanation. All I can think is that a war with Germany was at least prosecutable, but a war against the Soviets would be impossible. Neither Britain and France couldn’t project power far into Soviet territory. 

  • When they invaded Poland Hitler controlled it

    they just never bothered to give it back to the Polish People til the 80's and Ronald Reagan

  • garry
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    because russia thought they where allies of germany , thats why , the germans changed there mind and invaded russia . the english and french only declared war on germany as they knew germany would take over them next .

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Because France and Britain were then hypocrites

  • ?
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Oh poor old Hitler, he gets such a bad deal. I mean turning virtually the whole of the country’s manufacturing over to military production obviously didn’t mean he wanted war. 

    Even the fact that the VW Beetle had machine gun mounts was just being ahead of the times and foretelling road rage.

    Why would Britain declare war with the French as your main ally? It’s like threatening Mike Tyson with Shirley Temple as back up!

    As for not threatening Russia, unlike Hitler, we could see fighting two wars at once was pretty stupid.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Fact Chamberlin Gave Hitler until 1100 hrs to get out of Poland or a state of war will exist between Germany and Britain

    Hitler chose war

  • 1 month ago

    If it was pragmatism it was more likely because Britain and France had no hope of defeating both Germany and the Soviet Union.

  • Pearl
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    maybe they got lucky

  • 1 month ago

    Pragmatism,   Russia was not a threat to Britain

  • ?
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    It was discussed in parliament but there was little enthusiasm for declaring war. The same occurred when the Soviets attacked Finland. Orders were drawn up for a deployment of troops, but again there was little enthusiasm, mainly because it was considered a hopeless task - the very idea of winning such a war is rather daft. Things had moved on a long way since the Crimean war, when Britain and France did defeat Russia.  

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