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September 1, 1939: Germany invaded Poland

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On this day in 1939, the world woke up to the reality of war:    

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. Nazi leader Adolf Hitler claimed the massive invasion was a defensive action, but Britain and France were not convinced.

On September 3, they declared war on Germany, initiating World War II.

And so started what we now call World War II.    The US stayed out until 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.    

We discussed the German invasion of Poland with Barry Jacobsen a few weeks ago:






Written by scantojr

September 1, 2016 at 8:00 am

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