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Although the Polish Army would have outnumbered the attacking German army — the Wehramcht — once it had all been mustered, the Germans were met by 17 ill-equipped infantry division. The Poles had just one armored brigade — 660 tanks in all, versus Germany's 2,100. It was during the Invasion of Poland that the last cavalry charge in the history of warfare was made by the Polish horseman against German tanks.

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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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Krzyżtopór is a 16th C castle in the village of Ujazd, Poland. It was destroyed both during the Swedish invasion in 1655 and by the Russians in 1770.

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Crooked forest of pine trees in Nowe Czarnowo, West Pomerania, Poland • photo: Julian Pencilliah on Flickr

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7 Polish Heroes The World Should Know Of On The 75th Anniversary Of WWII

The Enigma Breakers | 7 Polish Heroes The World Should Know Of On The 75th Anniversary Of WWII

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[Photo] Aerial view of a Polish city through the gunner's station aboard a German He 111 bomber, Sep 1939

Aerial view of a Polish city through the gunner's station aboard a German He 111 bomber, September 1939.

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Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, commonly known as "Witkacy", was a Polish poet, playwright, novelist, painter, photographer and philosopher. After hearing the news of the Soviet invasion of Poland on 17 September 1939, Witkacy committed suicide on 18 September by taking a drug overdose and trying to slit his wrists. He convinced his young lover Czesława to attempt suicide with him by consuming Luminal, but she survived. Source: Wikipedia.

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SS soldiers preparing to open fire from an 81-mm mortar (8 cm Granatewerfer 34) during the invasion of Poland.

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