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Poland 1939 by Roger Moorhouse

Title Poland 1939
Author Roger Moorhouse
Publisher Basic Books
Release Date 2020-05-05
Category History
Total Pages 368
ISBN 0465095380
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A gripping history of the September Campaign and the onset of World War II For Americans, World War II began in December of 1941, with the bombing of Pearl Harbor; but for Poland, the war began on September 1, 1939, when Hitler's soldiers invaded, followed later that month by Stalin's Red Army. The conflict that followed saw the debut of many of the features that would come to define the later war-blitzkrieg, the targeting of civilians, ethnic cleansing, and indiscriminate aerial bombing-yet it is routinely overlooked by historians. In Poland 1939, Roger Moorhouse reexamines the least understood campaign of World War II, using original archival sources to provide a harrowing and very human account of the events that set the bloody tone for the conflict to come.

Poland 1939 by Roger Moorhouse

Title Poland 1939
Author Roger Moorhouse
Publisher Basic Books
Release Date 2020-07-14
Category History
Total Pages 432
ISBN 9780465095414
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A "chilling" and "expertly" written history of the 1939 September Campaign and the onset of World War II (Times of London). For Americans, World War II began in December of 1941, with the bombing of Pearl Harbor; but for Poland, the war began on September 1, 1939, when Hitler's soldiers invaded, followed later that month by Stalin's Red Army. The conflict that followed saw the debut of many of the features that would come to define the later war-blitzkrieg, the targeting of civilians, ethnic cleansing, and indiscriminate aerial bombing-yet it is routinely overlooked by historians. In Poland 1939, Roger Moorhouse reexamines the least understood campaign of World War II, using original archival sources to provide a harrowing and very human account of the events that set the bloody tone for the conflict to come.

Poland 1939 by Roger Moorhouse

Title Poland 1939
Author Roger Moorhouse
Publisher Hachette UK
Release Date 2020-07-14
Category History
Total Pages 432
ISBN 9780465095414
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A "chilling" and "expertly" written history of the 1939 September Campaign and the onset of World War II (Times of London). For Americans, World War II began in December of 1941, with the bombing of Pearl Harbor; but for Poland, the war began on September 1, 1939, when Hitler's soldiers invaded, followed later that month by Stalin's Red Army. The conflict that followed saw the debut of many of the features that would come to define the later war-blitzkrieg, the targeting of civilians, ethnic cleansing, and indiscriminate aerial bombing-yet it is routinely overlooked by historians. In Poland 1939, Roger Moorhouse reexamines the least understood campaign of World War II, using original archival sources to provide a harrowing and very human account of the events that set the bloody tone for the conflict to come.

Poland 1939 by Roger Moorhouse

Title Poland 1939
Author Roger Moorhouse
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2020
Category HISTORY
Total Pages 408
ISBN 1541619374
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"For Americans, World War II began in December of 1941, with the bombing of Pearl Harbor; in Soviet historical accounts, the war was prompted by the German invasion of June 1941; for the British and the French, the war was not taken seriously until the German forces penetrated French territory in May 1940. But for Poland, the war began on September 1, 1939 when the Nazi army invaded Poland by land and by air, where they were soon joined by Stalin's army. In Poland 1939, Roger Moorhouse introduces the September Campaign as the triggering event of World War II and challenges the prevailing historical understanding of the start the war. The Polish campaign of 1939 is the least written-about and least understood campaign of World War II. Although many of the doctrines and practices that would feature so strongly throughout the war - the targeting of civilians, race war, Blitzkrieg, aerial bombing - would see their debut in Poland, the campaign is rarely given any real scrutiny. In his close examination of the often-overlooked September Campaign, Moorhouse explores the Anglo-French betrayal of Poland, when both Britain and France pledged to defend Poland but then did nothing of the sort (their inaction resulted in the slaughter of 16,000 Polish civilians). In Poland 1939, Moorhouse offers an insightful account of the September Campaign, and unravels the misconceptions and myths that have clouded the beginnings of World War II. This is the first English-language history of the September Campaign. Moorhouse draws from memoirs of generals, diplomats, letters of soldiers and civilian diaries, as well as private and previously untapped documentary archives in Poland, to expose the true history of the September Campaign, the event that set the tone for the bloody conflict to come."--

Title German Soldier vs Polish Soldier
Author David R. Higgins
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
Release Date 2020-10-29
Category History
Total Pages 80
ISBN 9781472841698
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Nazi invasion of Poland in September 1939 saw mostly untested German troops face equally inexperienced Polish forces. With the Polish senior leadership endeavouring to hold the country's industrialized east, Hitler's forces unleashed what was essentially a large pincer operation intended to encircle and eliminate much of Poland's military strength. Harnessing this initial operational advantage, the Germans were able to attack Polish logistics, communications and command centres, thereby gaining and maintaining battlefield momentum. With the average infantry soldier on both sides comparatively well-led, equipped and transported, vital differences in battlefield support (especially air power and artillery), tactics, organization and technology would make all the difference in combat. Featuring specially commissioned artwork, archive photography and battle maps, this study focuses upon three actions that reveal the evolving nature of the 1939 campaign. The battle of Tuchola Forest (1–5 September) pitted fast-moving German forces against uncoordinated Polish resistance, while the battle of Wizna (7–10 September) saw outnumbered Polish forces impede the German push north-east of Warsaw. Finally, the battle of Bzura (9–19 September) demonstrated the Polish forces' ability to surprise the Germans operationally during a spirited counter-attack against the invaders. All three battles featured in this book cast light on the motivation, training, tactics and combat performance of the fighting men of both sides in the 1939 struggle for Poland.

Case White by Robert Forczyk

Title Case White
Author Robert Forczyk
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
Release Date 2019-10-31
Category History
Total Pages 416
ISBN 9781472834942
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The German invasion of Poland on 1 September, 1939, designated as Fall Weiss (Case White), was the event that sparked the outbreak of World War II in Europe. The campaign has widely been described as a textbook example of Blitzkrieg, but it was actually a fairly conventional campaign as the Wehrmacht was still learning how to use its new Panzers and dive-bombers. The Polish military is often misrepresented as hopelessly obsolete and outclassed by the Wehrmacht, when in fact it was well-equipped with modern weapons and armour. Indeed, the Polish possessed more tanks than the British and had cracked the German Enigma machine cipher. Though the combined assault from Germany and the Soviet Union defeated Poland, it could not crush the Polish fighting spirit and thousands of soldiers and airmen escaped to fight on other fronts. The result of Case White was a brutal occupation, as Polish Slavs found themselves marginalized and later eliminated, paving the way for Hitler's vision of Lebensraum (living space) and his later betrayal and invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941. Using a wide array of sources, Robert Forczyk challenges the myths of Case White to tell the full story of the invasion that sparked history's greatest conflict.

Poland 1939 by Steve Zaloga

Title Poland 1939
Author Steve Zaloga
Publisher Greenwood
Release Date 2004
Category History
Total Pages 96
ISBN STANFORD:36105114346989
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The German invasion of Poland on 1 September 1939 marked the beginning of World War II in Europe. If the outcome of the campaign was predictable, its conduct was not. The Polish campaign introduced the world to a new style of warfare - Blitzkrieg.

Title The German Campaign in Poland 1939
Author Robert M. Kennedy
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1956
Category Government publications
Total Pages 141
ISBN UIUC:30112047329112
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The German attack on Poland precipitated World War II, making the Polish campaign one of particular significance to the student of the 1939-45 conflict. The lessons learned by the German Army in its operations in Poland were put to use in the later campaigns against the western Allies, the Balkan states, and the Soviet Union. Poland also formed the testing ground for new theories on the use of armored forces and close air support of ground troops. The complete destruction of the Polish state and the removal of Poland from the map of eastern Europe were grim portents of the fate of the vanquished in the new concept of total war. The purpose of this campaign study is to provide the United States Army with a factual account of German military operations against Poland, based on source material from captured records currently in the custody of The Adjutant General, Department of the Army; monographs prepared by a number of former German officers for the Historical Division, United States Army, Europe; and such Polish accounts as were available. -- Abstract.

Title Poland between the Wars 1918 1939
Author Peter D. Stachura
Publisher Springer
Release Date 1998-12-13
Category History
Total Pages 153
ISBN 9781349269426
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Incorporating selective papers from a successful conference organised by the Polish Society, this book presents challenging and frequently revisionist views on a variety of controversial themes relating to the interwar Polish Republic, including its struggle over Upper Silesia, the question of national identity and its ethnic minorities, the significance of the Battle of Warsaw, the role of the press and its defence preparations in 1939. The volume thus makes an important contribution to scholarly debate of a crucial period in Poland's recent history.

Title The German Campaign in Poland 1939
Author Robert M. Kennedy
Publisher Lulu.com
Release Date 2015-04-13
Category History
Total Pages 178
ISBN 9781576383643
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Merriam Press World War 2 History Series. Historical Study German Report Series, Dept. of the Army Pamphlet No. 20-255. The German attack on Poland precipitated World War II, making the Polish campaign one of particular significance to the student of the 1939-45 conflict. The lessons learned by the German Army in its operations in Poland were put to use in the later campaigns against the western Allies, the Balkan states, and the Soviet Union. Poland also formed the testing ground for new theories on the use of armored forces and close air support of ground troops. The purpose of this campaign study was to provide the U.S. Army with a factual account of German military operations against Poland, based on source material from captured records then in the custody of The Adjutant General, Dept. of the Army; monographs prepared by a number of former German officers for the Historical Division, U.S. Army, Europe; and such Polish accounts as were available. 20 photos, 10 maps, 4 charts.

Blitzkrieg Unleashed by Richard Hargreaves

Title Blitzkrieg Unleashed
Author Richard Hargreaves
Publisher Stackpole Books
Release Date 2010-09
Category History
Total Pages 324
ISBN 9780811707244
Language English, Spanish, and French
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On-the-ground account of the opening campaign of World War II Told from the perspective of the Germans who conquered Poland Based on letters, diaries, official documents, histories, and newspapers At dawn on September 1, 1939, the Germans launched their land, air, and sea assault on Poland, sparking the great conflagration of World War II and shocking the world with the speed and ferocity of their blitzkrieg. With thundering panzers and screaming dive-bombers, they crushed the vital port of Danzig into submission, drove the Polish Air Force from the skies, and took Warsaw amid great bloodshed. After six weeks of brave resistance, the Poles surrendered, no match for the Nazi war machine.

Title Hollywood s War with Poland 1939 1945
Author M.B.B. Biskupski
Publisher University Press of Kentucky
Release Date 2010-01-08
Category History
Total Pages 290
ISBN 9780813173528
Language English, Spanish, and French
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During World War II, Hollywood studios supported the war effort by making patriotic movies designed to raise the nation's morale. They often portrayed the combatants in very simple terms: Americans and their allies were heroes, and everyone else was a villain. Norway, France, Czechoslovakia, and England were all good because they had been invaded or victimized by Nazi Germany. Poland, however, was represented in a negative light in numerous movies. In Hollywood's War with Poland, 1939-1945, M. B. B. Biskupski draws on a close study of prewar and wartime films such as To Be or Not to Be (1942), In Our Time (1944), and None Shall Escape (1944). He researched memoirs, letters, diaries, and memoranda written by screenwriters, directors, studio heads, and actors to explore the negative portrayal of Poland during World War II. Biskupski also examines the political climate that influenced Hollywood films.

First To Fight by Roger Moorhouse

Title First to Fight
Author Roger Moorhouse
Publisher Arrow
Release Date 2020-09-03
Category
Total Pages 400
ISBN 1784706248
Language English, Spanish, and French
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'This deeply researched, very well-written and penetrating book will be the standard work on the subject for many years to come' - Andrew Roberts, author of Churchill- Walking with Destiny The Second World War began on 1 September 1939, when German tanks, trucks and infantry crossed the Polish border, and the Luftwaffe began bombing Poland's cities. The Polish army fought bravely but could not withstand an attacker superior in numbers and technology; and when the Red Army invaded from the east - as agreed in the pact Hitler had concluded with Stalin - the country's fate was sealed. Poland was the first to fight the German aggressor; it would be the first to suffer the full murderous force of Nazi persecution. By the end of the Second World War, one in five of its people had perished. The Polish campaign is the forgotten story of the Second World War. Despite prefacing many of that conflict's later horrors - the wanton targeting of civilians, indiscriminate bombing and ethnic cleansing - it is little understood, and most of what we think we know about it is Nazi propaganda, such as the myth of Polish cavalry charging German tanks with their lances. In truth, Polish forces put up a spirited defence, in the expectation that they would be assisted by their British and French allies. That assistance never came. First to Fight is the first history of the Polish war for almost half a century. Drawing on letters, memoirs and diaries by generals and politicians, soldiers and civilians from all sides, Roger Moorhouse's dramatic account of the military events is entwined with a tragic human story of courage and suffering, and a dark tale of diplomatic betrayal.

Poland Betrayed by David G. Williamson

Title Poland Betrayed
Author David G. Williamson
Publisher Grub Street Publishers
Release Date 2012-09-20
Category History
Total Pages 256
ISBN 9781848849808
Language English, Spanish, and French
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An in-depth history of the attack that began World War II, and one country’s courageous fight against two unstoppable forces. Hitler’s military offensive against Poland on September 1, 1939 was the brutal act that triggered the start of World War II, wreaking six years of death and bloodshed around the world. But the campaign is often overshadowed by the momentous struggle that followed across the rest of Europe. In this thought-provoking study, each stage of the battle is reconstructed in graphic detail. The author examines the precarious situation Poland was in, caught between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. He also reconsiders the pre-war policies of the other European powers—particularly France and Britain—and assesses the evolving scenario in a vivid, fast-moving narrative. Included throughout are first-hand accounts of soldiers and civilians who were caught up in the war as well as the Polish capitulation and its tragic aftermath.

The Devils Alliance by Roger Moorhouse

Title The Devils Alliance
Author Roger Moorhouse
Publisher Basic Books
Release Date 2014-10-14
Category History
Total Pages 440
ISBN 9780465054923
Language English, Spanish, and French
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antly, the pact laid the groundwork for Soviet control of Eastern Europe, a power grab that would define the post-war order. Drawing on memoirs, diaries, and official records from newly opened Soviet archives, The Devils' Alliance is the authoritative work on one of the seminal episodes of World War II. In his characteristically rich and detailed prose, Moorhouse paints a vivid picture of the pact's origins and its enduring influence as a crucial turning point, in both the war and in modern history.

Between Nazis And Soviets by Marek Jan Chodakiewicz

Title Between Nazis and Soviets
Author Marek Jan Chodakiewicz
Publisher Lexington Books
Release Date 2004
Category History
Total Pages 499
ISBN 0739104845
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Between 1939 and 1947 the county of Janów Lubelski, an agricultural area in central Poland, experienced successive occupations by Nazi Germany (1939-1944) and the Soviet Union (1944-1947). During each period the population, including the Polish majority and the Jewish, Ukrainian, and German minorities, reacted with a combination of accommodation, collaboration, and resistance. In this remarkably detailed and revealing study, Marek Jan Chodakiewicz analyzes and describes the responses of the inhabitants of occupied Janów to the policies of the ruling powers. He provides a highly useful typology of response to occupation, defining collaboration as an active relationship with the occupiers for reasons of self-interest and to the detriment of one's neighbors; resistance as passive and active opposition; and accommodation as compliance falling between the two extremes. He focuses on the ways in which these reactions influenced relations between individuals, between social classes, and between ethnic groups. Casting new light on social dynamics within occupied Poland during and after World War II, Between Nazis and Soviets yields valuable insight for scholars of conflict studies.

Britain And Poland 1939 1943 by Anita Prazmowska

Title Britain and Poland 1939 1943
Author Anita Prazmowska
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Release Date 1995-03-23
Category History
Total Pages 233
ISBN 0521483859
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Anita Prazmowska looks at British policies from the point of view of wartime strategy and relates this to Polish government expectations and policies.

Panzer Ii Vs 7tp by David R. Higgins

Title Panzer II vs 7TP
Author David R. Higgins
Publisher Osprey Publishing
Release Date 2015-05-19
Category History
Total Pages 80
ISBN 1472808819
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Hitler's lightning invasion of Poland in 1939 was the real beginning of World War II in Europe. This was the period when armored warfare inscribed itself into global consciousness as the Poles desperately sought to stave off the Blitzkrieg. At the heart of the fighting on the ground, large numbers of Nazi Germany's PzKpfw II battled against Poland's better-armed but much less numerous 7TP tank. The two types both possessed unique strengths and weaknesses - the PzKpfw II was blessed with radio which the 7TP was not, which proved critical for command and control purposes in the heat of combat. But the German tank was blighted by thin armor, which could not withstand Polish gunfire at combat ranges. This fully illustrated, detailed work evaluates these strengths and weaknesses, comparing opponents and exploring the clashes between these armored fighting vehicles (AFVs) in the context of the invasion of Poland.

Poland 1939 by Steven J. Zaloga

Title Poland 1939
Author Steven J. Zaloga
Publisher Osprey Publishing
Release Date 2002-08-19
Category History
Total Pages 96
ISBN 1841764086
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Osprey's examination of the German invasion of Poland, which began World War II (1939-1945) in Europe, pitting the newly modernized army of Europe's great industrial power against the much smaller Polish army and introducing the world to a new style of warfare – Blitzkrieg. Panzer divisions spearheaded the German assault with Stuka dive-bombers prowling ahead spreading terror and mayhem. This book demonstrates how the Polish army was not as backward as it is often portrayed and fielded a tank force larger than that of the contemporary US Army. Its stubborn defence did give the Germans some surprises and German casualties were relatively heavy for such a short campaign.

The Polish Army 1939 45 by Steven J. Zaloga

Title The Polish Army 1939 45
Author Steven J. Zaloga
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
Release Date 2013-06-20
Category History
Total Pages 48
ISBN 9781472804471
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Poland was the first of the Allied nations to succumb to German aggression in the Second World War, but by the most tortuous of routes her army managed to remain in the field through all five years of bloody fighting. Polish soldiers fought in nearly every major campaign in the European theatre, and their tale is a complicated and tragic one. This richly detailed text by Steven Zaloga relates the story of the Polish Army during the Second World War, from the first wave of Stukas in 1939 to its eventual conclusion.