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The September 1939 War: Polish Cavalry Charging, but not Tanks

First to Fight, The Polish War 1939
By Roger Moorhouse

Case White, The Invasion of Poland 1939
By Robert Forczyk

Reviewed by Marek Jan Chodakiewicz

On September 1, 1939, Hitler attacked Poland; Stalin joined him on September 17. Thus, the Second World War commenced. From the start it was a war against two enemies: Germans, who were driven by Nazism; and the Soviets, who were goaded by Communism. The Poles were “First to Fight.” For them freedom has never been free. But they never charged, head-long into German tanks.