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Poland That bastard of the Versailles treaty. Attributed to: Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov (1890–1986), Soviet statesman. Referring to Poland. Madam, there are fifty thousand men slain this year in Europe, and not one Englishman. Sir Robert Walpole (1676–1745), English Whig statesman, 1734. Said to Queen Caroline and referring to his determination not to involve Britain in the War of Polish Succession (1733-1735), despite considerable political pressure. This morning the British Ambassador in Berlin handed the German Government a final note stating that, unless we heard from them by eleven o'clock that they were prepared at once to withdraw their troops from Poland, a state of war would exist between us. I have to tell you that no such undertaking has been received, and that consequently this country is at war with Germany. Neville Chamberlain (1869–1940), British statesman, 1939. Speech, London (September 3, 1939).

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