The Drug That Started A World War

Prithwish Sannigrahi

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5 November 1939.

Hitler summons his commander-in-chief Walther von Brauchitsch to inform him of his intention of starting the invasion of France on the 12th of November. Brauchitsch respectfully begs to disagree; the German troops are weak and disorganised, still reeling from the damages incurred during the invasion of Poland.

The Polish Army, though antiquated with its horse-drawn carriages and inferior ammunition, had put up a spirited fight before ceding territory. The Wehrmacht morale had taken a severe beating, and an invasion against the vastly better-organised French Army at this juncture was doomed to failure. For once, the normally bullish Fuhrer listens. He postpones the invasion and starts looking for alternatives...read more