This Day In History

Seventy-nine years ago today, Germany invaded Poland, launching what we now know as World War II.

Shortly after noon on August 31, Hitler ordered hostilities against Poland to begin at 4:45 a.m. the next morning. At 8 p.m. on August 31, Nazi S.S. troops wearing Polish uniforms staged a phony invasion of Germany, damaging several minor installations on the German side of the border. They also left behind a handful of dead concentration camp prisoners in Polish uniforms to serve as further evidence of the supposed Polish invasion, which Nazi propagandists publicized as an unforgivable act of aggression.

At 4:45 a.m. on September 1, the invasion began. Nazi diplomats scrambled to head off hostilities with the Western powers, but on September 2 Britain and France demanded that Germany withdraw by September 3 or face war. At 11 p.m. on September 3, the British ultimatum expired, and 15 minutes later British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain went on national radio to solemnly announce that Britain was at war with Germany. Australia, New Zealand, and India followed suit shortly thereafter. At 5:00 p.m., France declared war on Germany.

The Polish army was able to mobilize one million men but was hopelessly outmatched in every respect. Rather than take a strong defensive position, troops were rushed to the front to confront the Germans and were systematically captured or annihilated. In a famously ill-fated strategy, Polish commanders even sent horsed cavalry into battle against the heavy German armor. By September 8, German forces had reached the outskirts of Warsaw, having advanced 140 miles in the first week of the invasion.

Seventy-nine years, and yet leftists still refuse to call out tyranny or fight true evil in the world.

4 thoughts on “This Day In History

  1. The worst thing about WWII was FDR & Churchill making a deal with the devil. The USA & the UK should have allowed the Germans to completely destroy the USSR and hang Stalin. It would have saved millions of lives. (Think: North Korea, communist China, communist Vietnam, communist Cuba, etc.)


  2. TXNick – True enough. I’ve read a ton of books on World War II, and the prevailing opinion at the time was the Allies couldn’t defeat Germany without the Soviets. They knew Stalin was a despicable monster, but he was the lesser of two evils.

    FDR’s sins, however, were much worse than Churchill’s. Churchill continuously warned FDR about Stalin’s purges and other atrocities; so much so, FDR cut him out of the loop. That culminated with FDR and Stalin dividing up Germany without the input of Britain generally, and Churchill specifically.


    1. I read a book a few years ago that detailed how the USA shipped tons of uranium to the soviets during WWII. I can’t remember the name of the book, nor its author, and I loaned the book to my brother who has it filed away somewhere in his collection. The USSR could not have developed their own bomb without the assistance of the US State Department. At least one of FDR’s advisors, probably more than one, was a communist. And Stalin had several spies inside the Manhattan Project.

      As far as the USA & the UK not being able to win the war without the USSR, well…. maybe. I tend to think the Germans would still have gotten bogged down in the Siberian winter, but could not have stopped the Allies in the west. It would have been better if the Nazis and the commies had beaten each other.


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