Why is Neville Chamberlain considered a poor Prime Minister, a fool and a coward?


Neville is ranked as one of GB's worst PMs, down there with Anthony Eden. Yet he bought Britain the time it needed to rearm. No question if we'd went to war in 1937 (like Churchill urged), we would have lost.

25 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 year ago

    "...if you held his head in the toilet, he'd still give you half of Europe."

    Source(s): G. Costanza.
  • Anonymous
    1 year ago

    no one wants war

    so Chamberlain was wanting to avoid war FDR wanted to avoid war etc

    and the aggressor always know s the peace crowd are easy to convince they need not worry as they walk in a take over.

    even war aggressors would rather talk you into giving up and not fighting BUT they will attack if you do not give up

    As today we have the peace crowds thinking socialism means being sociable

    See the movie Sophie's Choice

    Chamberlain did not gain the respect of Hitler is was impossible for him to regain poise after selling out Europe in the name of peace in our time

    there are many many ifs

    my big if was is the USA had had the courage to send the REAL P38 lightnings with superchargers to England how much sooner would the war end ... the stingy FDR refused to send them the planes that could beat the Germans

    If the Allies had courage to allow Patton to send the Russians back to Russia how much better of modern Europe would be

    BUT then the peace crowds won again waiting for the next wars

    while it is easy to look back FEW people learn the lessons of history

    the Moors invade Europe again as we speak

  • 1 year ago

    Allowed WWI experience/memories to cloud his judgement - a claim of fool or coward is too simplistic an analysis for what to had to weigh up.

  • Prince
    Lv 5
    1 year ago

    Forgetting that England had a global Empire, that England had beaten Germany in 1918, Neville Chamberlain succumbed to the psychological warfare of Hitler's stronger mind.

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  • Fred
    Lv 7
    1 year ago

    Many see Neville Chamberlain as a fool as he believed the document signed by Hitler that Germany was only reclaiming its pre WW1 territories and had no intention of starting a war on any other countries. There is the famous film footage of him at the door of his plane waving the document and claiming it meant peace for Britain. Hitler had no qualms about signing peace deals he had no plans of keeping to as Stalin in Russia was to find out as he was suckered in by Hitler's peace pacts as well. Chamberlain tried his best to keep peace in Europe and was too trusting of Hitler and the Nazis as they presented themselves as a peaceful people just trying to restore Germany back into a prosperous country again.

    When Hitler sent his military in to invade Poland Chamberlain realised he had been lied to and realised there was no other choice but for England to declare war on Germany. Winston Churchill had believed for several years that Hitler and the Nazis were building their military to a war status and that war had been the Nazis plan all along and had given lectures on Britain's need to upgrade its military to keep pace.

    Neville Chamberlain realised he was not the prime minister to lead Britain to war and stepped aside so Churchill could be appointed in his place as he realised Churchill seemed much more capable at the task ahead.

    I doubt Chamberlain was a weak prime Minister or a coward, but had done his best in the hope Germany would not start another war, and believed the peace treaty and promises of Hitler would avert another war but too late realised Hitler was a liar and could not be trusted.

  • Anonymous
    1 year ago

    Chamberlain was not a coward. He declared war on Nazi Germany.

    Also, there were many people who trusted Hitler: many Germans and Austrians, many non-German/foreign citizens (like Brits and Americans, many of them making businesses with Hitler like Henry Ford and Prescott Bush, father and grandfather of the two Bush presidents), but even parts of the elite like David Lloyd George or King Edward VIII, Chamberlain's predecessor Stanley Baldwin and even Stalin and FDR.

  • 1 year ago

    It's great how people use the word "appease" like it's some kind of degrading personality trait. What Chamberlain did was try and create a peaceful solution through diplomacy - this is what the head of state is supposed to do. It's why he signed on to approve the Munich Agreement. But he was being pressured by Roosevelt to turn on Hitler, which he ended up doing to prevent loss of US support.

    Chamberlain declared war on Germany, but he didn't push for any action. "Re-arming" had nothing to do with it. If Britain didn't have enough weaponry they shouldn't have declared war on Germany in the first place. The "problem" was that Chamberlain wasn't a wartime Prime Minister.

    That problem was solved 8 months later when Churchill stepped in. Churchill had no conscience and didn't mind exterminating all of the men, women, and children of Germany that he could. His reasoning was that it would "shorten the war".

    It's the braver man who tries to avoid a confrontation than one who gets consumed by his emotions and acts on them.

  • Mike
    Lv 7
    1 year ago


  • 1 year ago

    He tried to negotiate with the Nazis. He dropped Propaganda Leaflets instead of Bombs On Germany

  • Tantra
    Lv 4
    1 year ago

    Because they never suffered Treason May. The worst prime minister of ALL TIME. She is to England as Caligula was to Rome

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