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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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from TIME.com

World War II Erupts: Color Photos From the Invasion of Poland, 1939

German victory parade in Warsaw after the invasion of Poland, 1939. (Hitler is on platform, arm raised in Nazi salute.)

from TIME.com

World War II Erupts: Color Photos From the Invasion of Poland, 1939

Adolf Hitler views victory parade in Warsaw after the German invasion of Poland, 1939.

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from HowStuffWorks

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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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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Field Marshal Fedor von Bock (1880-1945) commanded army groups during the invasions of Poland, France, and the Soviet Union, as well as the attempt to capture Moscow. Bock preferred an early withdrawal, but the Soviet counterattack drove the Germans into retreat, and Hitler relieved him of command. He personally despised Nazism, though he did not join plots to overthrow Hitler, nor did he file protests over the treatment of civilians by the SS. He was killed by a strafing fighter on May 4…

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Funny military meme of Hitler waiting for you in the car so you can jump in and invade Poland. More funny images on crazyhyena.com

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