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As a result, it is equally permissible to suggest that the German dictator would have been deterred from taking action against Czechoslovakia in 1938. It is likely that Hitler would have taken aggressive steps at some stage, but it would have been possible until then for the British, Soviets and French to organise future military co-operation. Yet, the British Cabinet chose not to debate the possibility of bluff. It was briefly mentioned on one or two occasions, but Cabinet records show no detailed examination of the evidence.
Letter to Henderson from Halifax, 12 May 1938; letter from Henderson to Cadogan, 30 Mar. 1938, FO 800/269, Henderson papers; Halifax to Phipps, 17 June 1938, no. 421, DBFP, 3, I. CAB 27/625 47 mtg, 16 May 1939: Foreign Office memorandum on the AngloSoviet negotiations, 22 May 1939, no. 589, DBFP, 3, V. Taylor, Second World War; Sydney Aster, The Making of the Second World War (London: André Deutsch, 1973), pp. 184–5; Carley, The Alliance, p. xviii. Feiling, Chamberlain, p. 403. Andrew Roberts, The Holy Fox: A Biography of Lord Halifax (London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1991), p.
159–74. 67. Newton to Halifax, 29 Apr. 1938, no. 163, DBFP, 3, I. 68. Adamthwaite, France, p. 204. 69. Williamson Murray, The Change in the European Balance of Power 1938–9 (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1984), p. 124. 70. Chapters 2 and 6. 71. Wesley Wark, ‘Something Very Stern: British Political Intelligence, Moralism and Grand Strategy in 1939’, Intelligence and National Security, 5 (1990), pp. 150–70. 72. For more discussion on the influence of perceptions of Hitler see Chapter 2.