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20 The Army Minister, Araki Sadao, also favoured good relations. Although no moderate, it is significant that he led the Kodoha faction, which advocated consolidation in Manchukuo and insurance against the Soviets. 21 His enthusiasm for cordial relations thus reflected the priorities identified by Lindley. There was also evidence that the overtures enjoyed the Emperor's backing. Japan's new attitude was revealed to the Commander in Chief of the China Station, Admiral Dreyer, on 29 September during a conversation with Araki.
Chief of Air Staff Sir Edward Ellington was equally pessimistic, stressing the RAF' s inadequacy, particularly regarding reserves of aircraft and trained manpower; forces would 'dwindle away' at the outset of war. While their anxieties related primarily to the prospect of European war, Chatfield worried more about the Far East. Though accepting the necessity of a long term view about Germany, he stressed the Navy's reasonable preparedness regarding Europe; he did not deny the force of Foreign Office warnings, but he was clearly more anxious at the weak position regarding Japan, the country against which naval plans were concentrated.
Although Hitler's words implied commitment to peace, there was no escaping the uncompromising nature of his blow to Geneva. As Phipps told him, Germany had 'left the room in which friendly conversations had taken place and had banged the door'. 4 The discrepancy between Hitler's words and actions was noted by Hankey on 24 October. Judged by deed and facts, he argued, Hitler was following Mein Kampf; judged by words, his attitude was changing markedly. There was, he concluded, a riddle to be solved: 30 The Ultimate Potential Enemy 31 Are we still dealing with the Hitler of Mein Kampf, lulling his opponents to sleep with fair words in order to gain time to arm his people, and looking always to the day when he can throw off the mask and attack Poland?
Chamberlain, Germany and Japan, 1933–4 by Peter Bell (auth.)