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  Poland   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Josef Pilsudski became the new leader of Poland and during the Russian Civil War his army made considerable gains and the Soviet-Polish Treaty of Riga (1921) left Poland in control of substantial areas of Lithuania, Belorussia and the Ukraine.
Poland was the obvious choice as it was in the east and included areas of land taken from Germany by the Treaty of Versailles.
In December 1990 Lech Walesa was elected President of the Republic of Poland.
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  Polish September Campaign - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop declared negotiations with Poland to be at an end, and Polish forces braced for war.
The German plan Fall Weiss, for what became known as the September campaign, was created by General Franz Halder, chief of the general staff, and directed by General Walther von Brauchitsch, the commander in chief of the upcoming campaign.
The Soviet invasion was one of the decisive factors that convinced the Polish government that the war in Poland was lost.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Polish_September_Campaign   (5908 words)

 Poland   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
The Republic of Poland, a country in Central Europe, lies between Germany to the west, the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south, Ukraine and Belarus to the east, and the Baltic Sea, Lithuania and Russia (in the form of the Kaliningrad Oblast exclave) to the north.
Poland's golden age occurred in the 16th century during its union with Lithuania in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.
Poland enjoys a temperate climate, with cold, cloudy, moderately severe winters with frequent precipitation and mild summers with frequent showers and thundershowers.
www.nebulasearch.com /encyclopedia/article/Poland.html   (2154 words)

 World War II - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
On which date the war began is also debated, cited as either the German invasion of Poland on 1 September 1939, the Japanese invasion of China on 7 July 1937 (the start of the Second Sino-Japanese War), or earlier yet the 1931 Japanese invasion of Manchuria.
In December of 1944, the German Army made its last major offensive in the West, attempting to capture the vital port of Antwerp and cripple the Allies in the Battle of the Bulge.
The deliberate firestorm bombing of Japanese and German cities, including Tokyo, Hamburg and Dresden by Anglo-American forces and the American atomic bombing of 2 Japanese civilian populations Hiroshima and Nagasaki, have been subject to criticism during the post-war era as possible war crimes; no action was taken against those responsible.
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Poland's army with only a few light tanks and few large weapon batteries were no match for the German Panzers and mechanized infantry.
Germans in Poland are persecuted with bloody terror and driven from their houses.
Invasion of Poland details the cause and effect of Germany's invasion of Poland.
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The Polish provinces occupied by the Germans, in whole or in part, were, in the north (from west to east) Poznan, Pomerania, Warsaw and Bialystok, in the centre (from west to east) Lodz, Kielce and Lublin and in the south, (from west to east) Slask and Cracow.
The Germans returned a 239 square mile patch of land in southern Poland to the "Slovak State," which itself was a "protectorate" of the Third Reich.
The number of cross-border raids by German Abwehr units, sabotage by German guerilla units in Western Poland, border skirmishes and overflights by high altitude reconnaissance aircraft increase, signalling to the Poles that war is imminent (August 26).
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 The Danish Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
> The German-Soviet partition of Poland, 1939, USHMM #eeu7160.
By the end of the Nazi invasion of Poland in the autumn of 1939 the number of Jews living under German rule had been greatly increased: more than 2 million Polish Jews were now living in areas under Nazi control.
The ghettos in occupied Poland were established in connection with the planned deportation of the Polish Jews, but as locally directed initiatives by the German occupation forces in the area.
www.holocaust-education.dk /holocaust/ghettoer.asp   (2514 words)

 ipedia.com: Poland Article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
The Republic of Poland, a country in Central Europe, lies between Germany to the west, the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south, Ukraine and Belarus to the east, and th...
Since its return to democracy, Poland has steadfastly pursued a policy of liberalising the economy and today stands out as one of the most successful and open examples of the transition from communism to a market economy.
Poland's principal ports and harbours are Gdansk, Gdynia, Gliwice, Kołobrzeg;, Szczecin, Świnoujscie;, Ustka, Warsaw, and Wrocław;.
www.ipedia.com /poland.html   (1912 words)

 AllRefer.com - Gdansk, Poland (Polish Political Geography) - Encyclopedia
466,700), capital of Pomorskie prov., N Poland, on a branch of the Vistula and on the Gulf of Gdansk.
The first partition of Poland in 1772 made Gdansk a free city; the second partition (1793) gave it to Prussia.
Hitler's demand (1939) for the city's return to Germany was the principal immediate excuse for the German invasion of Poland and thus of World War II.
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 german invasion of russia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Grand Delusion: Stalin and the German Invasion of Russia.
German invasion of Russia, 1941 - 1945, www.LitEncyc.com.
Grand Delusion Stalin and the German Invasion of Russia Primary author: Gabriel Gorodetsky Pub.
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 The Nazi Occupation of Poland
Poland was immediately divided between the Soviets and Nazi Germany.
This was the beginning of the so-called German displacement of the Jews, in reality a liquidation of the entire Jewish population in Szczebrzeszyn.
The Germans assembled them near city hall, then in full view of thousands of people, the old veterinarian, his wife, and daughter were executed.
www.eyewitnesstohistory.com /poland.htm   (1520 words)

 Achtung Panzer ! - Invasion of Poland (Fall Weiss)
Soviet invasion was part of Ribbentrop-Molotov pact signed on August 23rd of 1939, which included a non-aggression and trade agreement, and a secret protocol that provided for a German-Soviet partition of Poland and cleared the way for the Soviet occupation of the Baltic states.
German casualties (8082 to 10572 killed, 27,278 to 30322 wounded and 3404 to 5029 missing) were very low compare to Polish casualties (66300 killed, 133700 wounded and 420000 taken prisoner).
Germans lost some 993 to 1000 armored fighting vehicles (mainly destroyed by anti-tank guns), 370 to 400 artillery pieces, 697 to 1300 airplanes (damaged and destroyed) along with 11000 motor vehicles.
www.achtungpanzer.com /articles/polcamp.htm   (2527 words)

 GI -- World War II Commemoration
The border of the Soviet and German spheres in Poland was established on the Narew (Narev), Vistula (Visla), and San rivers.
The one chance that Poland might have had to counter the German invasion successfully was to fight a delaying action back to the Narew-Vistula-San line and to hold there until the Western powers could bring their forces to bear.
After the German ambassador in Moscow submitted a second request on September 10, the Soviet government apparently became concerned lest the war end before it could enter it and the Germans refuse to honor the secret protocol and evacuate the territory east of the demarcation line.
www.grolier.com /wwii/wwii_3.html   (5832 words)

 war and social upheaval: World War II -- displaced children Poland
The Germans during the September 1939 German invasion of Poland employed special action squads of SS and police (the Einsatzgruppen) fo follow front line troops and arresting or kill anyone resisting the Germna or who they considered capable of doing so in the future.
It is estimated that a quarter of the population of Poland perished during the occupation.
It is estimated that a quarter of the populatopn of Poland perished during the occupation.
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Poland officially regained her independence on November 11th 1918 but in reality, independence was not secured until after the Polish-Russian war of 1918-20.
Portions of Poland were one of the few German occupied territories in Europe where helping a Jew was punishable by death; often entire families were executed for the crime.
Poland was opened to almost uncontrolled Soviet economic exploitation, through one-sided terms of trade, while the bureaucracy was in some areas thoroughly penetrated by Soviet advisers.
felsztyn.tripod.com   (1796 words)

 What is the background of the German invasion of Poland?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Background to the German invasion of Poland: Hitlers main ambition was to unite all of the old Germany and create another German empire stronger than the one before, in order to do that Hitler needed the support of Germans living in pre-WWI German states eg.
To avoid a sneak attack from Stalin and the Soviet Union while his troops were occupying Poland, Hitler cut a deal with the communists and they agreed to half Poland between eachother.
Poland did not stand a chance, the German "Blitzkrieg" or "Lightning War" proved very effective and Poland was lost within months of the invasion.
www.faqfarm.com /History/WWII/22281   (591 words)

 Blitzkrieg in Poland
In March, 1939, he declared that the non aggression pact signed in 1934 was void and that the issue of ownership of Danzig had to be dealt with.
The British sought to discourage German aggression by pledging to use force to protect Poland in the case of an invasion.
Unknown to the bemused outside world, this agreement contained a clause that agreed to the partitioning of Poland between the two powers in the event of a war in Poland.
www.schoolshistory.org.uk /EuropeatWar/blitzkrieg_poland.htm   (366 words)

 BBC - History - Invasion of Poland
Hitler's only real concern was that a sudden German invasion of Poland might alarm Stalin and trigger a war with the Soviet Union.
Stalin feared a German invasion and had been seeking an anti-Nazi 'collective security' alliance with the western powers for many years, but by July 1939 Britain and France had still not agreed terms.
Poland had also rejected an alliance with the Soviet Union, and refused permission for the Red Army to cross its territory to engage the Wehrmacht in a future war.
www.bbc.co.uk /history/worldwars/wwtwo/invasion_poland_04.shtml   (160 words)

 The German Invasion in North Europe
Before the Germany invasion of Poland, England and France turned to Russia and tried to persuade the Soviet nation to join them and resist Hitler.
For two weeks later, Russia troops began invading eastern Poland and met German at Brest-Litovsk on September 19, 1939 and began of the bombing in Warsaw, the capital of Poland, with 1,150 bombers.
German troops began to invade Norway by sea and air on April 9, 1940.
www.geocities.com /paranoid184103   (1197 words)

 Hitler Strikes Poland...
Some apparently claim that the 1941 campaign was unique in its uncontrolled drive of destruction; others maintain that the German forces had already demonstrated their capacity for murder and mayhem during the 1939 campaign in Poland.
Chapter 1 explores the ideological dimension of the 1939 German invasion of Poland.
In the book, sometimes German, sometimes Polish names are used in reference to the same places and a reader who is new to the subject might receive an impression that part of the 1939 campaign took place within the German borders.
www.polishlibrary.org /review/hitler_strikes_poland.htm   (1092 words)

 Worl War II -   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Their invasion on two of the airfields failed miserably, but they successfully captured one, which allowed them to reinforce their position by landing reinforcements.
The mission was unrealistic to begin with, since German plans largely relied on capturing Allied fuel dumps in order to keep their vehicles moving with the goal of capturing the vital port of Antwerp, and thus crippling the Allies in the Battle of the Bulge.
German bombing of Poland, the United Kingdom, Yugoslavia, and the USSR was responsible for over 600,000 civilian deaths.
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 Campaign in Poland (summary)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
According to the film, Germany was forced to invade Poland because the Poles were responsible for atrocities against Germans living in the free city of Danzig and surrounding area.
German troops take the city, and are met by thankful citizens waving, offering flowers, and saluting their liberators.
As the think lines denoting German troops encircle the dark blobs that represent the Polish troops, the German circle constricts around the Polish, and the dark blob dissolves to show the map underneath.
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 Invasion of Poland, Fall 1939
Despite Anglo-French guarantees of the integrity of rump Czechoslovakia, the Germans dismembered the Czechoslovak state in March 1939 in violation of the Munich agreement.
The German-Soviet Pact of August 1939, which stated that Poland was to be partitioned between the two powers, enabled Germany to attack Poland without the fear of Soviet intervention.
The remainder of German-occupied Poland (including the cities of Warsaw, Krakow, Radom, and Lublin) was organized as the so-called Generalgouvernement (General Government) under a civilian governor general, the Nazi party lawyer Hans Frank.
www.ushmm.org /wlc/article.php?ModuleId=10005070   (480 words)

 Polish Atrocities Against the German Minority   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
The German invasion was Sep 1939, but it's important to understand that many of the outrages had preceded the German invasion.
Subsequent to the German invasion, Britain declared war on Germany, yet after the Soviet Union invaded the eastern Polish territory only a few weeks later, Britain neglected to declare war on the Soviet Union.
Poles in official capacity were openly laying claim to ancient German territory, were engaging in the crudest pea-brained saber-rattling, had engaged in border violations and boasted of marching thru' the gates of Berlin in 3 weeks (or days, depending on which buzzing brain was indulging in the fantasy).
www.jrbooksonline.com /polish_atrocities.htm   (1446 words)

 German Invasion of Poland: Jewish Refugees, 1939
When Germany invaded Poland in September 1939, hundreds of thousands of Jewish and non-Jewish refugees fled the advancing German army into eastern Poland, hoping that the Polish army would halt the German advance in the west.
After the partition of Poland between Germany and the Soviet Union, the Polish government fled the country and established a government-in-exile in London.
The Germans murdered the majority in Auschwitz-Birkenau in the spring and summer of 1944.
www.ushmm.org /wlc/article.php?lang=en&ModuleId=10005593   (743 words)

 Storm of Steel - German invasion of Poland
the unit attacked is a german foot unit in open terrain, and 2.
When the main gun of such a tank is knocked out, the opposing player chooses which of the turrets that are unable to fire; the remaining turrets may fire as usual.
The German artillery is classified as Flexible, with a Normal Volume of Fire, Polish artillery is classified as Rigid, with a Low Volume of Fire.
www.freewargamesrules.co.uk /Rules/World_War_2/poland.htm   (693 words)

 The Second World War   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
There are many "myths" that surround the September Campaign; the fictional Polish cavalry charges against German tanks (actually reported by the Italian press and used as propaganda by the Germans), the alleged destruction of the Polish Air Force on the ground, or claims that Polish armour failed to achieve any success against the invaders.
Under the German-Soviet pact Poland was divided; the Soviets took, and absorbed into the Soviet Union, the eastern half (Byelorussia and the West Ukraine), the Germans incorporated Pomerania, Posnania and Silesia into the Reich whilst the rest was designated as the General-Gouvernement (a colony ruled from Krakow by Hitler's friend, Hans Frank).
The Germans declared their intention of eliminating the Polish race (a task to be completed by 1975) alongside the Jews.
www.kasprzyk.demon.co.uk /www/WW2.html   (1914 words)

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