Lecture 6 - The Second World War: Lecture 6: From the...

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The Second World War: Lecture 6: From the Battle for Poland to Dunkirk 1. The End of Poland —Faked incident at Gleiwitz, 31 Aug. 1939; Fall Weiss (White Plan) implemented by Gens. Gerd von Rundstedt and Fedor von Bock. —Forces: Germans: 58 divisions, 2800 tanks, more than 2000 planes; Poles: 32 infantry divisions, 11 cavalry and one armoured brigades, 430 planes; Germans x7 Polish planes and x20 Polish tanks; Blitzkrieg (Lightning War). —Germans reached Vistula river, Sept. 4, and Narew and Bug rivers, Sept. 5-10; Polish counterattack at Bzura; Germans took Brest Litovsk and encircled Warsaw, Sept. 17. —Red Army invasion, Sept. 17; Warsaw surrendered to Germans, Sept. 27. —Casualties: 14,000 Germans and more than 60,000 Polish troops and 25,000 civilians dead; 694,000 soldiers captured by Germans, 217,000 by Soviets; brutalities of Heinrich Himmler’s SS Death’s Head divisions. —Sept. 28 division of Poland along Narva-Bug-San by Ribbentrop and Molotov; Stalinist suppression of Polish identity (over 400,000 killed, 1.2M deported, 1939-41) and “The
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course HIST 101 taught by Professor Wormer during the Spring '08 term at A.T. Still University.

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Lecture 6 - The Second World War: Lecture 6: From the...

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