On this date in 1939, German forces under the control of Adolf Hitler invaded Poland on land and from the air. Hitler claimed the massive invasion was a defensive act, but Britain and France were not convinced. Two days later, they declared war on Germany, initiating World War II.
Germany invaded Poland to regain lost territory and ultimately rule its neighbour to the east. The German invasion of Poland was a primer on how Hitler intended to wage war—what would become the Blitzkrieg (lightning war) strategy. The Polish forces were severely under-equipped and attempted to take the Germans head-on. And, of course, any hope the Poles might have had of a Soviet counter-response had been dashed with the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop nonaggression Pact.
Now, kids, watch the video to get a better idea what Blitzkrieg really is. Not really a punk rock thing in the beginning.
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