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Launched 5 May 1939
On 6 May 1939, Italian Foreign Minister
Galeazzo Ciano met with his German opposite number Joachim
in Milan, Italy, where Galeazzo Ciano informed Joachim
that Italy wouldn't be ready for war for another three years.
noted the comment, and informed Galeazzo Ciano that Adolf
did not yet have any plans for war.
On 6 May 1939, Carl Friedrich
Goerdeler tells the British government that the German and Russian governments
are secretly beginning a reconciliation with the aim of carving up Eastern Europe
between them. Carl Friedrich Goerdeler also informs the British of German economic
problems which he states threaten the survival of the national socialist regime,
and advises that if a firm stand is made for Poland, then Adolf
will be deterred from war.
On 7 May 1939, Wehrmacht Generals
, and other Wehrmacht General Staff members presented to Adolf
an invasion plan for Danzig and Poland.
On 9 May 1939,Spain
leaves the League of Nations.
On 17 May 1939, Sweden, Norway, and Finland
refuse Germany's offer of nonaggression pacts.
On 22 May 1939, Germany
and Italy sign the Pact of Steel. Adolf
on 23 May 1939, held a long speech to his top Wehrmacht commanders,
starting by noting Danzig as a means to engage Poland in a war to gain Lebensraum
(living space) for the German people, and then divagating to note the possibility
of war with United Kingdom and France, the need to occupy the Low Countries for
their airfields, and strategies for a war in western Europe and the Atlantic.
On 28 May 1939, The Italian Foreign Minister Count Ciano visited Berlin,
Germany where he was given a great reception in his honour by Adolf
On 29 May 1939, Albanian fascist leader Tefik Mborja is appointed
as member of the Italian Chamber of Fasces and Corporations. M10
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