First Edition of Documents Concerning German-Polish Relations and the Outbreak of Hostilities Between Great Britain and Germany; From the library of Colonel Geoffrey Ronald Codrington
Documents Concerning German-Polish Relations and the Outbreak of Hostilities Between Great Britain and Germany on September 3, 1939.
Presented to the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to Parliament by Command of His Majesty.$100.00
Item Number: 89549
London: Printed and Published by His Majesty's Stationary Office, 1939.
First edition of this collection of documents pertaining to the outbreak of hostilities between Great Britain and Germany prior to the Second World War. Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, marbled endpapers. Containing a Final Report by Sir Nevile Henderson, Ambassador to Germany, on the closure of the British Embassy in Berlin. From the library of Colonel Geoffrey Ronald Codrington who served as a Gentleman Usher in the Royal Household of Queen Elizabeth II and later as High Sheriff of Wiltshire. With Codrington’s armorial bookplate to the pastedown. In near fine condition.
Prior to the outbreak of the Second World War, hostilities between Germany and Great Britain arose due to deteriorating Anglo-German relations and the rise of Hitler's influence in German-Polish discussions. On 1 September 1939, Germany invaded Poland after having staged several false flag border incidents as a pretext to initiate the attack. The United Kingdom responded with an ultimatum to Germany to cease military operations, and on 3 September, after the ultimatum was ignored, France, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand declared war on Germany.