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01 Sep 39: Germany invades Poland. For most European countries, this day marks the beginning of World War II. More: #WWII


"Friends" soon to be bitter enemies: German and Soviet troops meet during the German-Soviet invasion of Poland in Sept 1939. Berlin and Moscow divided Poland among themselves. In less than two years after this photo was taken, the Wehrmacht rolled across the Soviet frontier.


Start of World War II: September 1939-March 1940

The Topeka Daily Capital: Hitler Opens War in Poland Orders Army Meet Force With Force; Starts Offensive Along Polish Border. (Friday, September 1, 1939)


Although the Polish Army would have outnumbered the attacking German army — the Wehramcht — once it had all been mustered, the Germans were met by 17 ill-equipped infantry division. The Poles had just one armored brigade — 660 tanks in all, versus Germany's 2,100. It was during the Invasion of Poland that the last cavalry charge in the history of warfare was made by the Polish horseman against German tanks.


World War 2 This war fought in Europe, North Africa and Asia started in 1939 with the invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany and ended in 1945 with the dropping of two atomic bombs on Japan. It was the largest armed conflict in history.


The 'Monuments Men' changed history by returning art to the rightful owners. Military personnel, including two unidentified American GIs, admire one of Leonardo da Vinci s masterpieces, Lady with an Ermine, before its return to Cracow, Poland in this 1946 photo. The painting had been stolen by Nazi officers from the Czartoryski Museum in Kracow upon the German invasion in 1939


Ethnic Germans in the city of Tarnow, Poland, cheer the entry of German troops after Hitler invaded Poland on Sept 3, 1939, thus sparking WW2. After the war, all ethic Germans were forced out of Poland.