81 Years Gone…

Eighty-one years ago today, Germany invaded Poland, sparking what would be called World War II.

At 4:45 a.m., some 1.5 million German troops invade Poland all along its 1,750-mile border with German-controlled territory. Simultaneously, the German Luftwaffe bombed Polish airfields, and German warships and U-boats attacked Polish naval forces in the Baltic Sea.

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. By September 8, German forces had reached the outskirts of Warsaw, having advanced 140 miles in the first week of the invasion.

The Polish armed forces hoped to hold out long enough so that an offensive could be mounted against Germany in the west, but on September 17 Soviet forces invaded from the east and all hope was lost. The next day, Poland’s government and military leaders fled the country. On September 28, the Warsaw garrison finally surrendered to a relentless German siege. That day, Germany and the USSR concluded an agreement outlining their zones of occupation. For the fourth time in its history, Poland was partitioned by its more powerful neighbors.

Three million Polish Jews were murdered by the Nazis – and the Soviets – during the occupation.

4 thoughts on “81 Years Gone…

  1. Fortunately, the Allied Powers prevailed and the Axis Powers fell. Makes me wonder if the history being taught in schools now even goes back this far. And, if it does, heaven knows it has probably been revised numerous times (and not for the better).

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  2. I can put up with a lot of crap, but having people call anyone who supports Trump a Nazi, then have a bunch or real Nazis riot and call themselves anti-facists, that really pisses me off. I hope after the election that Trump goes after Antifa with a vengeance and gets most of them locked up in the federal pen. Well, actually I can think of something more appropriate, but locking them and throwing away the key will do just fine.

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  3. Remember, the second word in the National Socialist German Workers’ Party is socialist. Not conservative.

    The Nazis were left-wingers, not “right wingers.”

    Of course, anyone more conservative than Mao or Lenin these days are called “right-wingers.”

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