Today in World History: October 6th

The Blitzkrieg, or the German invasion of Poland, ended on this day in 1939. Following Hitler’s militarization of Germany, he, along with Russia, planned to invade Poland swiftly, before the Allies could retaliate. On September 1st the German Army began to move into the country, by September 17th Western Poland had fallen and the Polish Army moved into the South to await Allied help. England and France, which had guaranteed Poland’s independence and pledged to declare war on its aggressors, did not come to Poland’s aid despite delaring war on Germany on September 3rd. Russia soon invaded Eastern Poland, leading the Polish Army to withdraw into Romania.The German invasion of Poland led to the beginning of World War Two in Europe, as soon after the Blitzkrieg Hitler invaded Scandinavia, managing to conquer Norway and Denmark. The Allies, including England and France, did not directly attack Germany until the invasion of the Netherlands and Belgium, at which point main fighting broke out in Europe and World War Two evolved into a global crisis.

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

-Winston Churchill

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