On 3 April 1939, the directive for Fall Weiss (Case White) was ready. It was issued on 11 April.
The first section, written by Hitler, began:
German relations with Poland continue to be based on the principles of avoiding any disturbances. Should Poland, however, change her policy towards Germany, a final settlement might become necessary in spite of the Treaty in force with Poland. The aim then will be to destroy Polish military strength, and create in the East a situation which satisfies the requirements of National Defence. The free state of Danzig will be proclaimed a part of Reich territory by the outbreak of hostilities at the latest. The political leaders consider it their task in this case to isolate Poland if possible, that is to say , to limit the war to Poland only.
The Wehrmacht had to be ready to carry out Fall Weiss at any time after 1 September 1939.
This notorious directive, dated 6 June 1941, followed... Read More