Invasion Essay

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Invasion



On the morning of September 1, waves of German bombers hit the railroads and hopelessly
damaged the Polish mobilization. In four days, two armies; one on the north out of East
Prussia, the other on the south out of Silesia had broken through the narrow fronts oh
Poland and were sending armored spearheads on fast drives toward Warsaw and Brest. This
was called the blitzkrieg (lightning war in German). The Germans used the military tactics
of armor, air power, and mobile infantry in a pincers movement to encircle the Polish
army.

Between September 8 and 10, the Germans closed in on Warsaw from the north and south,
trapping the Polish forces west of the capital. On September 17, a deeper encirclement
closed 100 miles near Brest. On that day, the Soviet Red Army quickly crossed the border.
By September 20, practically the whole country was in German or Soviet hands, in the
Soviet-occupied area, many thousands of Poles were deported to Siberia and many others
were killed. Only isolated cities continued to fight and resist. The last to surrender was
the fortress at Kock, on October 6. The estimated total of civilian casualties numbered
more than 5 million, most of which was caused by the Germans. Polish military casualties
in the war totaled about 600,000.


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