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Poland 1939

Poland 1939

The Outbreak of World War II

A gripping history of the September Campaign and the onset of World War II

For Americans, World War II began in December of 1941, with the bombing of Pearl Harbor; but for Poland, the war began on September 1, 1939, when Hitler’s soldiers invaded, followed later that month by Stalin’s Red Army. The conflict that followed saw the debut of many of the features that would come to define the later war-blitzkrieg, the targeting of civilians, ethnic cleansing, and indiscriminate aerial bombing-yet it is routinely overlooked by historians.

In Poland 1939, Roger Moorhouse reexamines the least understood campaign of World War II, using original archival sources to provide a harrowing and very human account of the events that set the bloody tone for the conflict to come.


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Genre: Nonfiction / History / Military / World War Ii

On Sale: May 5th 2020

Price: $30 / $38 (CAD)

Page Count: 368

ISBN-13: 9780465095384

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"Chilling... All Poles know that their September war - and of course the many subsequent years of occupation, resistance and exile - was no side-show. Now Moorhouse has expertly laid bare this simple truth: that when two totalitarian regimes make common cause, everyone in their immediate neighbourhood is likely to be trampled underfoot."—The Times of London
"Moorhouse's book remedies that gap [in the history of The Polish War], weaving together archival material, first-hand accounts, perceptive analysis and heartbreaking descriptions of Poland's betrayal, defeat and dismemberment."—The Economist
"Excellent... a harrowing, but very needed, account of the first engagement of the Second World War."—The Telegraph
"Fascinating... valuable... it gathers a mass of detail into a lucid narrative for general readers... Such a book cannot be cheerful reading; from the first page, of course, we all know how badly this campaign will end for Poland. Nevertheless, there are moments of heroism and defiance here that will put a catch in your throat, and a shiver down your spine."—The Sunday Telegraph
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