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Germany Invades Poland: September 1939: Some Rare Images (LARGE PICTURES)

Germany attacked Poland on September 1, 1939. Within days the Polish army was finished. Poland never knew what hit it. Britain and France declared war on Germany but could do little else. There was no way it could help the Poles. The brave Poles put up a brave fight but its cavalry was no match to the mechanised Nazi juggernaut.

Below are some images from the war.

 German soldiers break the Polish border post. September 1, 1939

German soldiers at the Polish border post

German tanks move into Poland
Two Germans pose against a destroyed Polish tank

 A Polish bomber P-37 never left the hangar. The Germans had already reached.

 Germans in a destroyed Polish PZL 23 fighter

 This Polish nurse was captured too

Germans examine a downed Polish air force plane. The Polish planes were no match to the German Stukas

Germans in a cheerful mood

Posing with two Polish POW

The Polish guns could do little to stop the German Blitzkrieg

A Polish soldier waits patiently for the German onslaught

Polish cavalry. Horses against tanks? Could not go on for too long.

The German planes pulverized this Polish armored train

Germans examine a downed Polish plane

Polish gunners wait for the Germans

The Germans used horses too. Moving into Poland.

 The first major battle during the invasion of Poland. Westerplatte.


The Battle of Westerplatte was the very first battle that took place after Germany invaded Poland and World War II began in Europe. During the first week of September 1939, a Military Transit Depot on the peninsula of Westerplatte, manned by fewer than 200 Polish soldiers, held out for seven days in the face of an overwhelming German attack. The defense of Westerplatte served as an inspiration for the Polish Army and people as the successful German advances continued elsewhere and today is still regarded as a symbol of resistance to the invasion.
The Polish officers surrender after the Battle of Westerplatte

Polish surrender at Westerplatte

General Friedrich Eberhardt accepts the surrender from Major Henrik Suharsky (Sukarski).
Sukarski again (with the baton)
Polish officers surrender at Westerplatte

German Nazi flag flies at Westerplatte

Shocked Poles watch as German soldiers on bicycles move into Warsaw

 German bomber He 111 flies over Poland

 A touching scene. The wife of a Polish soldier puts something in his pocket as he prepares to leave to fight the  invading Germans

 German soldiers in the burning Polish countryside

 The remains of the Warsaw garrison of the Polish army in Warsaw. September 27, 1939

As the Germans invaded from the west, the Soviet Union attacked Poland from the east. Here Russian soldiers examine arms seized from Polish soldiers

Top Polish military brass surrender to German officers

A triumphant Wehrmacht welcomes the Fuhrer to the parade in Warsaw

Germans check out a destroyed Polish tank

Polish machine gunners firing at the approaching Germans

Germany invades Poland, September 1939

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Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for creating this page, however I do not understand why you are using german (Goebbles) propaganda movies anne mark them as newsreels...

You have to remember than these are lies!

German army was not as modern and mechanized in 1939 as it is portrayed in the german propaganda, it was better equipped than polish army but most of all it was bigger and could attack from multiple directions. Wehrmacht mobility was based on horses even during Stalingrad (as you are pointing correctly in Stalingrad section).

Polish cavalry never attacked german tanks! It was surprised by german tanks during an attack at physilieurs.

Polish air forces were the most backward compared to Luftwaffe - however - the damage done to Luftwaffe was tremendous - Poles with their PZL-11 destroyed 60% of Luftwaffe planes - check out Wikipedia stats.... Polish pilots were much better trained and in cases when German pilots were not outnumbering polish pilots they were running away taking advantage of speed of their modern planes! It was only during Battle of Britain when polish pilots could stand on equal ground with bandits from Luftwaffe.

I could go on like that for many pages - the truth is that stupidity of French and British polititians associated with cowardliness of French and British societies led to a II WW, genocide and tens of millions of dead. If France and GB attacked Germany from the west in September 1939 while Poland was fighting alone, using just a tiny force - Hitler would be ousted from power and tens of millions of people would be alive!

Anonymous said...

Please don't go on.

At the beginning of the war, the British could have perhaps thrown a couple of poor divisions into mainland Europe, at the most. Against, what, 80-100 well trained professional divisions.

Yet they still declared war on Germany anyway, even though GB itself was not directly under threat. And you call them cowards...

You are a disgrace.

EWJ said...

Very interesting pictures. I completely disagree with anybody not liking your work, in bringing any and all images, and movies to this site. I have a right to see all, as I have lost people from Poland, Czechoslovakia, and the United States in three different branches of my family. Shame to the com mentors, denigrating your work, bringing these images to light.

Anonymous said...

Your page sell LIES. Poland was not finished "within days"! It took both the Germans and the Soviets a MONTH to conquer Poland. 2 weeks to conquer France! :P

Read some Allied history books, you kraut.

Anonymous said...

Um guys... Everything cool but this tanks on third picture are not german but polish. They're Vickers tanks produced in Poland on british licence:)

Anonymous said...

A pictuer "Polish cavalry. Horses against tanks? Could not go on for too long." is fake. I mean its from a propaganda movie made by Germans after '39!

Gio. Ve. said...

The first photograph is often taken as a symbol of the beginning of the Second World War, which in fact began with the invasion of Poland by the German army, on September 1st, 1939.
However, it does not show the border between Germany and Poland, but the border between Poland and the Free City of Danzig. The northern part of Poland had already been invaded, before this souvenir.

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