It was a beautiful August day filled with much promise, as summer begrudgingly relented to enter its final throes. There was barely another topic of discussion except Danzig. Berliners were convinced that Germany would soon retain Danzig. Like Germany’s previous gains, they thought that appeasement would win the day. German papers carried headlines of the mobilization of Polish troops and about Polish fire directed against German airplanes. Few, if any, gave thought to the possibility that their discussion was fraught with tragedy. Those Berliners who did understand the inherent dangers watched with anxious faces while anti-aircraft guns were strategically positi...