|In reply to Comment 82 (marcik):
You also ignore the fact that Britain could have JOINED Germany instead.
Hitler always insisted that Britain was not Germany's natural enemy (his words, not mine) and hoped that the British Empire would have melded with Germany to form a new world order. Don't forget, Queen Victoria was half German and had been married to a German. The motto below the feathers on the Prince of Wales' emblem is not Welsh - it's German for "I Serve". Fortunately for the rest of the world, we had a different opinion and were not having any of it so despite being virtually unarmed as a result of not engaging in a productive rearmament plan after the "War To End All Wars" and suffering from economic hardship (again from the previous war), we decided to "do the right thing".
At the end of WW2 there were a lot of American and British politicians and military who saw the threat from the Soviet block and wanted to take what was left of the German army and attack Stalin and force him back to Russia. Unfortunately the world was "weary" of war by now and any opportunity to bring it to an end was taken (A bit like the first Gulf War - we never seem to learn). It is also probable that nobody expected the "Iron Curtain" to descend over Europe as it did or that countries like Poland would be oppressed the way they were. The fact that Poland (and others) were left to this fate was disgusting, but don't try and blame the whole thing on the Brits. We did more than our fare share and, for some considerable time, the Empire stood alone as the only hope for freedom in Europe. We even had to engage and sink what was left of the French Navy off Africa to stop them handing the ships over to Germany!!!
I've always though that one of the reasons the Polish people were so quick to support the USA, UK and Aussies in this last war was because they know what it is like to be forced to live in fear under a brutal oppressor. This is something quite a few countries in the West have forgotten about as the last couple of generations have never had to experience it.
OK, I'm off my soapbox now. I'm going to watch "A Bridge Too Far" on DVD. My heart always goes out to the Polish General played by Gene Hackman. I love the part where his walks up to the RAF Officer who wants to drop him and his men miles from the target, looks him over closely and says "Sorry, I just wanted to check which side you are on!".