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Without too great discomfort to the surge and swell of restless PanGermanism'. This, according to Vansittart, was 'Lord Lothian again and in full'. ' Close reading of the memorandum of 10 May provides a coherent scenario for British policy as Henderson thought it should operate towards Germany. In Henderson's view, there were two options if no accommodation could be reached with the Nazi regime. One would be to 'protest vehemently' but do nothing in the event of an enforced Anschluss with Austria or seizure of the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia.
Vansittart's irritation with his appointee was already great, when Henderson proceeded to attack his entire perception of how British foreign policy should be run. 53 This coincided exactly with Henderson's own view that 'coalitions are a snare', and reflected his suspicion of French policy. 54 In Henderson's view German and British policy should be in accord about the danger posed by France's alliance system. 55 July was an equally difficult month for Henderson's relations with the Foreign Office.
Yet were the views expressed so outrageous? For the thinly veiled reference to the likelihood of an Austro-German Anschluss was qualified by the reasonable observation that such an event was not possible without the consent of the parties involved, peaceful means, and the absence of any threat to the independence of other states. Strang should not have been surprised, either, that Henderson was behaving in an 'unorthodox' manner. He had been unorthodox throughout his career, but this had not prevented his obtaining golden opinions inside the Foreign Office, and from Vansittart in particular.