The German invasion of Poland on 1 September 1939 began World War II 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.
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Table of Contents
Introduction/Chronology/Opposing Commanders/Opposing Armies/Opposing Plans/The German Assault/The Battle of Warsaw/The Soviet Invasion/The Aftermath/The Battlefield today/Further Reading/Index