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The key lesson of the 1930s is that appeasement leads directly to war. Mark Kirk
For some time the British government has known the Duchess of Windsor was exceedingly pro-German in her sympathies and connections. And there is strong reason to believe that this is the reason why she was considered so obnoxious to the British government. They refused to permit Edward to marry her and maintain the throne. FBI papers released under Freedom of Information Act, cited Edward VIII: The Traitor King
The Duchess was obtaining a variety of information concerning official activities which she was passing on to the Germans. ibid.
How deep does that ruthless streak run? Conspiracy s1e2: The Nazi King, Channel 5 2015, re Royal Family
Edward passed on critical military intelligence to the Germans. ibid.
Mrs Simpson was a suspected Nazi sympathiser ... It was claimed she was having an affair with a key Nazi. ibid.
Just like his older brother Edward, the Duke of Kent saw Germany as a natural ally ... It’s believed he was in regular contact with the Nazis. ibid.
His [Edward VIII’s] successor, George VI, was also keen on appeasement. Royal Babylon *****
The embittered Edward was urging the bombing of his own people. ibid.
As Edward VIII he reigned for just three hundred and twenty six days before abdicating in disgrace. Best known for his affair and subsequent marriage to Wallis Simpson. Edward VIII: The Traitor King, Channel 4 1995
Evidence has now emerged that he passed national secrets to foreign governments. And of his complicity with Adolf Hitler. And of his financial dealings. ibid.
Edward had an abiding love for all things German. ibid.
And frequently dodged his duties to have affairs usually with married women. ibid.
He soon gathered a new breed of courtier around him. ibid.
Increasingly, Edward was seen as a security risk. ibid.
Not one word of his affair had been reported to the British press. ibid.
In October 1936 the Simpson divorce came through. ibid.
She was to be the public excuse. ibid.
The truth is that Edward’s unacceptable political beliefs and wilful actions were the key reasons for his removal. ibid.
The Duke and Duchess finally set off to meet their host Adolf Hitler at his mountain retreat. ibid.
His treachery is proved by a detailed inspection of the German foreign policy documents of the Second World War. ibid.
They were warmly welcomed by Franco and his government. ibid.
Edward was still convinced that appeasing Hitler was the answer, and the war was a mistake. ibid.
Edward died in 1972 with most of his secrets intact. ibid.
On the frozen weekend of 5th November 1936 a nerve-shredded King Edward VIII made a secret telephone call from his office in Buckingham Palace. In a private conversation with his brother he confided that he could no longer be king if it meant abandoning the woman he loved. But recently declassified documents have revealed that his every word was being scrutinised. Spying on the Royals I, Channel 4 2017
A king suspected of Nazi sympathies … and a top-secret surveillance operation against the king. ibid.
[Albert] Canning began to investigate her background … she had a frustratingly murky past. ibid.
The question of identity of Wallis’s second lover became all-consuming. ibid.
The Prince of Wales seemed set on a woman who seemed far from set on him. ibid.
The press abroad: and they were starting to run the story. Edward and Wallis were becoming more brazen. ibid.
King Edward refused to condemn anti-Semitic violence. ibid.
Rumours of marriage were not beginning to circulate. ibid.
An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. Winston Churchill
No people in history has ever survived who thought they could protect their freedom by making themselves inoffensive to their enemies. Dean Acheson
I seem to smell the stench of appeasement in the air. Margaret Thatcher
I had another talk with the German Chancellor Herr Hitler. And here is the paper that bears his name upon it as well as mine. Neville Chamberlain
This is the second time in our history that there has come back from Germany to Downing Street peace with honour. I believe it is peace for our time. Neville Chamberlain
We are resolved that the method of consultation shall be the method adopted to deal with any other questions that may concern our two countries; we are determined to continue our efforts to remove possible sources of difference and thus assure the people of Europe. Neville Chamberlain & Adolf Hitler
Winston Churchill in the summer of 1940 – Britain was unprepared for war. As the army retreated across the England Channel from the beaches of Dunkirk, many must have blamed the guilty men – politicians who had rejected vigorous rearmament in favour of placating the dictators. For the next half century Britain’s policy of appeasement was remembered with shame. Charles Wheeler, The Road to War, BBC 2015
The British had put their trust in appeasement. Charles Wheeler, The Road to War: France, BBC 1989
Hitler got the war he wanted ... Against Evil, appeasement never works. Edge of War, Discovery 2013
As Hitler’s regime grew ever more powerful in the 1930s the shadow of fear crept across Europe. In the main, Britain wanted to avoid war. But did our attempts to keep the peace bring some of us dangerously close to Hitler? Wartime Secrets with Harry Harris: Flirting with Hitler, Discovery 2009
One hundred and forty eight photographs of a British peace mission to Germany. It was backed by English royalty. It was organised by one of our most revered charities – the British Legion. ibid.
And why were Nazis invited to sail up the Thames in a pleasure boat? And I’m shocked to discover that in the East End of London where I come from Luftwaffe airmen were buried with full Nazi honours in a local churchyard in 1944. ibid.
Securing peace was official British Legion policy. ibid.
It’s one of the most controversial events in the British Legion history. ibid.
Ambassador [Joe] Kennedy publicly supported the appeasement policies of British prime minister Neville Chamberlain. The Lost Kennedy Home Movies, Channel 4 2011