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The Italians expect war

The Italian Foreign Minister Count Ciano anticipates the attack on Poland

I meet the Polish ambassador at the beach. I speak with him in vague terms and advise moderation. Our counsellor at Warsaw tells us that Poland will fight to the last man. The churches are filled. The people pray and sing a hymn, ‘O God, help us save our country.’ These people will be massacred by German steel tomorrow. They are completely innocent. My heart is with them.”

See The Ciano Diaries 1939-1943: The Complete, Unabridged Diaries of Count Galeazzo Ciano, Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, 1936-1943