Matthew Ellard came up with this response above:
Originally Posted by Matthew Ellard
Are you saying that Britain and France were not surprised by the Ribbentrop-Molotov agreement?
Are you saying that Poland welcomed the Russian invasion?
Could you give us the page number where Taylor says this?
Has been dealt with by Little Gray Rabbit
Can somebody explain to Matthew the difference between mobilisation and war?
And could Matthew explain the significance to us of 'mobilising' troops on the other side of the war for a conflict fought out in Poland?
From the Wikipedia entry about the Phoney War: While most of the German army was engaged in Poland, a much smaller German force manned the Siegfried Line, their fortified defensive line along the French border. At the Maginot Line on the other side of the border, British and French troops stood facing them, but there were only some local, minor skirmishes. The British Royal Air Force dropped propaganda leaflets on Germany and the first Canadian troops stepped ashore in Britain, while western Europe was in a strange calm for seven months.
They basically confirm my original thesis, namely that there was no war in the west.