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Blitzkrieg: Germany invades Poland
Transcript of Blitzkrieg: Germany invades Poland
German troops parade through Warsaw after the invasion of Poland.
Luftwaffe preparing to bomb Wieluń
The city of Wieluń destroyed by Luftwaffe bombing
September 1939 - October 1939
On September 1st, 1939, the German army crossed over into Polish territory to officially begin World War II. Germany had Army Group North and Army Group South that were a part of 50 divisions. The type of warfare Hitler used was "blitzkrieg". This means a swift intensive military attack, especially using tanks supported by aircraft, designed to defeat the opposition quickly, and the word also means lightning war. Luftwaffe bombers went in and destroyed important infrastructure to Poland. As the German army marched to the capital, Warsaw, they negotiated roads and key choke points leading to villages, towns, and cities. In the air, Germans faced some Polish fighters. The Poles managed some defense and got the Germans to retreat east towards the capital. On September 17th, the Soviet Union joined in with Germany and unleashed it's army from the east into Poland. The Poles were out numbered by just the Germans, and now the Soviet Union has their army joined in on the war. Realizing they could not win, the last Polish defenders surrendered on October 6th, 1939.