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GERMAN INVASION OF POLAND, 1939



GERMANY BEGINS TO BUILD IT’S EMPIRE


Poland had the unfortunate honor of being Germany’s second victim in World War II. In August of 1939, Germany and the Soviet Union (Hitler & Stalin) signed a treaty that would divide Poland between Germany and the Soviet Union. On September 1, Germany attacked Poland and started the second World War.

The Polish fought vigorously, but they did not have the technology to stand up against the Germans. While the Germans had tanks and machine guns, the Polish were forced to fight on horseback. Germany began heavily bombing Poland using a new technique of warfare known as "Blitzcreig" or "the lightning war." This technique emphasized speed and surprise. The German troops smashed through the Polish defenses and into the country before Polish army could react.

Poland fought with all they had , but the country still fell in less than a month. The Russians seized the eastern third of Poland and the Germans captured the rest. The Germans placed millions of the Polish into concentration camps. Over six million polish people died between 1939 and 1945.

The assault on Poland caused France and Britain to declare war on Germany. France later fell almost as easily as Poland, but Britain was a major force during the course of World War II.

By Brian "The Chipmunk" Bos

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