Source 2

The Foreign Secretary describes a meeting he has had with the French, Belgian and Italian governments (FO 371/19892)


The Prime Minister thought at some stage it would be necessary to point our to the French that the action they proposed would not result only in letting loose another great war in Europe. They might succeed in crushing Germany with the aid of Russia, but it would probably only result in Germany going Bolshevik [communist].

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2. This is another section from the document seen in Source 1. What does this tell us about Baldwin’s attitude to:

  • war?
  • communism?

How might each of these worries affect how Britain would deal with the crisis?