Office - Briefing by Year 13 students
Andrew Boxer - Appeasement pp.
International Situational in the world in 1935
Dominions: - India is on the way to independence, they
would offer us the greatest military support but cannot be
relied on due to bitterness towards the Empire. - Canada /
Australia / New Zealand are our closest and strongest allies,
they would support us in the event of war because they
recognise us as their greatest source of defence. However they
are strongly opposed to military action.
Allies: - France is our closest ally but is against
military action, they prefer a diplomatic approach to the
problem. - Portugal is remaining neutral, but the
Anglo-Portuguese Alliance forces them to give us a strong base
in the Atlantic. - The United States of America will support
us but are experiencing great economic difficulty and
therefore are opposed to war. Also they would sell oil to our
enemies to relieve economic internal pressure.
Enemies: - Italy if furious with the Anglo-German naval
agreement signed in June 1935.
Overall: - If we do nothing the international community
will frown upon us. - If we go to war the international
community will also frown. - THEREFORE the best thing we can
do is take a diplomatic path and apply pressure at the right
places and the right times.