The British acknowledge that the new agreement is contrary to the maritime clauses of the Treaty of Versaille. But, they say, only lawyers, professors and theorists, who do not realize any contact with reality, can speak without a smile about the military clauses imposed on Germany after their defeat. These clauses are dead and peace is better served if we recognize the change of situation rather than ignore it. The British go even further by reminding us, as Mr Eden M. Laval recalled in Paris on 21 and 22 June, that France made a serious mistake in April 1934 in rejecting the German proposals on land armament. At the time, they argue, Germany wanted to accept conditions for men and weapons that the subsequent growth of the German army has now far exceeded. “You missed the train,” Eden said, “and no policy is more expensive. In the marine field, we took advantage of your example and decided to be realistic. That`s Downing Street`s reasoning. The Czech government yesterday agreed to the conditions agreed at the Munich conference and the German occupation of the Sudetenland was expected to begin at dawn today. The map on this page shows the first occupancy area. The Czechoslovakian government, which was not represented at the conference, had only a few hours to accept the plan. This assumption was announced in a brief statement in Prague that – On 4 June, less than two weeks after this solemn declaration, Mr von Ribbentrop arrived in London at the head of a group of naval experts.
Everyone expected long negotiations and endless negotiations. But Hitler`s emissary did not weaken himself by insisting that the German offer be accepted according to the bases established in Berlin, bases that were not as simple and free of backward thoughts as the average reader of the May 21 speech could imagine. Two weeks later, on June 18, the case ended. Discussions ensued between British and German naval experts, during which the British attempted to restore certain conditions that Ribbentrop had already refused. But they were unable to find what they had given, and the technical discussions did not change the conditions set previously.