6 Dec. 45

"The date of attack: lst of September 1939; time of attack: 4:45" — inserted in red pencil — "this time also applies to the operation at Gdynia, Bay of Danzig and the Dirschau Bridge.

"(3) In the West it is important that the responsibility for the opening of hostilities should rest unequivocally with England and France. At first, purely local action should be taken against insignificant frontier violations."
There it sets out the details of the order which, for the purpose of this Court, it is unnecessary to read. That evening at 9 o'clock the German radio broadcast the terms of the German proposals about which they were so willing to enter into discussions with the Polish Government. It sets out the proposals at length. It will be remembered that by this time neither Sir Nevile Henderson nor the Polish Government nor their Ambassador had yet been given their written copy of them, and it is indeed a document which is tempting to read — or to read extracts of it simply as an exhibition or an example of pure hypocrisy. I refer to the second paragraph Document TC-72, Number 98, exhibit GB-39:

"Further, the German Government pointed out that they felt able to make the basic points regarding the offer of an understanding available to the British Government by the time the Polish negotiator arrived in Berlin."
Now, we have heard the manner in which they did that. They then say that:

"Instead of a statement regarding the arrival of authorized Polish personage, the first answer the Government of the Reich received of their readiness for an understanding was the news of the Polish mobilization; and only toward 12 o'clock on the night of the 30th of August 1939, did they receive a somewhat general assurance of' British readiness to help towards the commencement of negotiations.

"Although the fact that the Polish negotiator expected by the Government of the Reich did not arrive removed the necessary conditions for informing His Majesty's Government of the views of the German Government as regards a possible basis for negotiation, since His Majesty's Government themselves had pleaded for direct negotiations between Germany and Poland, the German Minister for Foreign Affairs Ribbentrop gave the British Ambassador, on the occasion of the presentation of the last British note, precise information as to the text of the German proposals which will be regarded as a basis of negotiation in the event of the arrival of the Polish Plenipotentiary."
And, thereafter, they go on to set out the story, or rather their version of the story, of the negotiations over the last few days.