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The Last Straw: Germany’s Invasion of Poland

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World War was on the cards when Adolf Hitler was in power. It started on September 1, 1939, during a historical moment when Germany was invading Poland. It was a gamble as the German army was not at full strength, and the German Economy was still locked. Fire opened on September 1 on the Polish borders, which was the first military engagement.

This was a risk because The forces and authorities in Poland already knew Hitler’s idea of invading Poland to the opposition as the general of Adolf Hitler had leaked this news to Britain and France.

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All of this happened started because Adolf Hitler wanted to regain his lost territory. Even though his army was weak, he came up with a strategy called the “blitzkrieg” strategy. This was categorized into various ways like the extensive bombarding of rail, road and communication system, followed by the invasion of the area, thus making it a weaker area to get into.

At one time, Adolf Hitler even had a base in the opponent country where he set up his own security forces to destroy the target country with greater ease. This made things easier because the day they set in the security forces, they impacted the border forces. By September 2nd, Germany was strong in the target region with all its forces.

SOVIET- NAZI PACT:

The main concern for Adolf Hitler during the invasion was that it might cause alarm in the Soviet Union. Stalin had always feared Poland’s invasion, and an anti-Nazi coalition between Britain and France had not yet been agreed upon. Adolf Hitler saw this as an opportunity to make and maintain negotiations with the Soviet Union. This negotiation restored friendly relations and old borders.

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NAZI – PACT on Papers.

 

INVASION:

The sophisticated German airlines swiftly passed through the borders, thereby taking down the major security areas. The ground was covered by the military tankers, which indiscriminately bombed the Polish cities. The Polish army couldn’t counter-attack the force that came in; instead of having a defensive strategy, they confronted the enemies, which resulted in their destruction; they did manage to hold on for some time until the Soviet forces attacked from the west, at which point they lost all hope. The same day USSR and Germany had made a pact wherein they had outlined their zones of occupation. This happened for the fourth time in history, where its neighbors outlined Poland.

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Adolf Hitler with his Men.

Britain and France, who were allies of Poland, demanded Germany to withdraw their troops at the earliest. This was called on by the Britain Prime minister Neville Chamberlain, and as the deadline (September 3rd) expired, the prime minister went on air to declare that they were about to wage war on Germany. But later on, while Britain waged war, France did not launch a full-scale attack.

Adolf Hitler successfully revised the 1919 Treaty of Versailles, which had many restrictions with Germany as they lost the first world war and Poland remained under Germany until 1945.

THE RESPONSE

Poland expected artillery before a full-fledged invasion which left them with no defensive options, and Germany muted them. Thus, the invasion was called the “Blitzkrieg invasion,” which means lightning fast. In the end, Hitler’s gamble produced no results as Britain and France refused to accept the peace offer and instead launched an offensive attack on Germany, thus giving way to the Second World War.

 

 

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