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Germany Invades Poland

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Today marks the 70th Anniversary of the German Invasion of Poland. Although the above picture lacks the iconicity of many WWII pictures, it had an immense documentary and propaganda values. It was copied and reproduced again and again on many textbooks.

However, the photo of German troops parading through Warsaw after the surrender of Poland probably taken as late as September 30th, 1939. The invasion won’t end until early October 1939, shortly after the Soviet Union invaded the country from the east and subsumed the Baltic States. The devil’s pact between Hitler and Stalin (Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact) enabled these cataclysmic events to unfold and pushed the world into another world war.

Seventy years later, the invasion is still a contentious issue. In August 2009, the parliamentary assembly of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) equated the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany but noting that Stalinism is as bad as Nazism. The resolution drew ire from the Russian government.

See scenes from the Invasion of Poland in September 1939.

Written by Alex Selwyn-Holmes

September 8, 2009 at 12:21 pm

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  1. Actually there was never “the surrender of Poland”. It was the surrender of the city of Warsaw (after some 3-week siege).

    Robert

    December 2, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    • Haha, you must be stupid. If the main capital surrender the whole country surrenders. And they did. It means the same as “Poland surrender” not “Warsaw surrender but the country still fights!” Nope… Wake up.

      Emil

      May 26, 2010 at 9:20 pm

  2. The country simply did not surrender.

    Robert

    December 2, 2009 at 3:56 pm

  3. [...] Germany Invades Poland prezentuje fotografię niemieckich oddziałów maszerujących w czasie defilady w Warszawie w 1939 roku. [...]

    Iconic Photos | Fototekst

    December 21, 2012 at 10:24 pm

  4. […] little over a year later, emboldened German troops were in Warsaw, having divided Poland between Germany and the Soviet Union, and the world was in a cataclysmic […]

  5. […] little over a year later, emboldened German troops were in Warsaw, having divided Poland between Germany and the Soviet Union, and the world was in a cataclysmic […]


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