Germans Are Joyous Over Start of World War Two. Not.

Although Germans knew Great Britain and France had signed a treaty guaranteeing Poland’s neutrality and territorial integrity, they attacked Poland anyway on 1 September 1939 and were shocked when the Brits and the French declared war on them two days later. And thus did World War Two begin. The crowds in Berlin were, well, best leave it to an eyewitness:

…no enthusiasm, no joy, no cheering. Everywhere one encountered an oppressive calm, not to say depression. The entire German people seemed seized by a paralyzing horror that made it incapable of expressing approval or disapproval.

– Karl Wahl, Gauleiter of Swabia,

(Source: Berlin At War by Roger Moorhouse)

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Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website:

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