By Craig Gerrard
The publication seems to be on the ways that the Northern division of the overseas place of work approached concerns relating Finland within the years 1938-1940, targeting the actual problems with the proposed refortification of the ?land Islands, Finnish rearmament and relief to Finland in the course of the iciness battle with the Soviet Union. at the start of this era, the Northern division officers geared toward giving help to Finland whereas, even as, trying to create an atmosphere the place Finland and the Soviet Union may perhaps succeed in contract, therefore protecting Finland out of the German sphere of impact.
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Extra info for The Foreign Office and Finland 1938-1940: Diplomatic Sideshow (Contemporary Security Studies)
Collier could at least feel reasonably comfortable in the knowledge that the FinnoSwedish proposals had been publicly declared. The matter had been fixed firmly enough to be discussed in Parliament. On 15 February, Wilfred Roberts, Liberal MP for Cumberland North, and Sir Robert Gower, Conservative MP for Gillingham, raised questions in the House of Commons requesting information on the government’s attitude towards fortification of the Ålands, and whether the likely response of other interested parties, including the Soviet Union, had been determined.
British policy was to agree to remilitarisation of the Ålands, providing the consent of all the signatories to the 1921 Convention was given, and with the extra proviso that the Soviet Union, a non-signatory, be consulted. The possibility of the islands regaining a military status had emerged in 1938, although no official statement of such intention had been made by the Finnish Government. The Northern Department, as demonstrated in the previous chapter, had maintained a cautious policy towards any changes, being anxious to satisfy Finnish wishes without provoking the Soviet Union.
Views similar to Chamberlain’s were held at the Foreign Office, as will be demonstrated, although there was no desire in the Northern Department to ignore Russian sensibilities completely. The question of the Åland Islands went straight to the heart of the dilemma which the Northern Department faced and had no easy solutions. Foreign Office staff believed that if the Finns were denied support for their project for the remilitarisation of part of their own territory, then an inclination towards Germany, already suspected in the Finnish military, might occur in political circles as well.
The Foreign Office and Finland 1938-1940: Diplomatic Sideshow (Contemporary Security Studies) by Craig Gerrard