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01 Sep 39: Germany invades Poland. For most European countries, this day marks the beginning of World War II. More: http://scanningwwii.com/a?d=0901&s=390901 #WWII

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"Friends" soon to be bitter enemies: German and Soviet troops meet during the German-Soviet invasion of Poland in Sept 1939. Berlin and Moscow divided Poland among themselves. In less than two years after this photo was taken, the Wehrmacht rolled across the Soviet frontier.

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Ethnic Germans in the city of Tarnow, Poland, cheer the entry of German troops after Hitler invaded Poland on Sept 3, 1939, thus sparking WW2. After the war, all ethic Germans were forced out of Poland.

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The 'Monuments Men' changed history by returning art to the rightful owners. Military personnel, including two unidentified American GIs, admire one of Leonardo da Vinci s masterpieces, Lady with an Ermine, before its return to Cracow, Poland in this 1946 photo. The painting had been stolen by Nazi officers from the Czartoryski Museum in Kracow upon the German invasion in 1939

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World War 2 This war fought in Europe, North Africa and Asia started in 1939 with the invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany and ended in 1945 with the dropping of two atomic bombs on Japan. It was the largest armed conflict in history.

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Start of World War II: September 1939-March 1940

The Topeka Daily Capital: Hitler Opens War in Poland Orders Army Meet Force With Force; Starts Offensive Along Polish Border. (Friday, September 1, 1939)

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A Polish & a German soldier at the border, several days before the German Invasion of Poland........

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A uniformed Polish official comforts a boy whose mother was killed in an air raid on Warsaw, Sept., 1939. The boy himself was in wreckage for 12 hours before rescue crews liberated him. Poor thing :(

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