Remembering the German Invasion of Poland
Describes the first night of the German invasion of Poland
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Describes bombings in Praga and Warsaw after the outbreak of World War II
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This footage from German newsreels shows German forces in action during the invasion of Poland. Imperial War Museum - Film Archive
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This footage shows German forces entering Warsaw amidst the destruction caused by their bombardment of the city. Imperial War Museum - Film Archive
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This footage shows victorious German army units parading before Adolf Hitler in the streets of devastated Warsaw. National Archives - Film
The entrance to a marketplace reduced to rubble as a result of a German aerial attack. Warsaw, Poland, September 1939. US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Julien Bryan
A German motorcycle unit advances through the Bydgoszcz region during the invasion of Poland. September 18, 1939. Wide World Photo
On September 1, 1939, Germany invaded Poland, initiating World War II. Britain and France responded by declaring war on Germany on September 3. Within a month, Poland was defeated by a combination of German and Soviet forces.
In the first phase of World War II in Europe, Germany sought to avoid a long war. Germany’s strategy was to defeat its opponents in a series of short campaigns. Germany quickly overran much of Europe and was victorious for more than two years by relying on a new military tactic called the “Blitzkrieg” (lightning war).
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