Poland 1939: The Birth of Blitzkrieg

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Osprey Publishing, Aug 19, 2002 - History - 96 pages
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Osprey's examination of the German invasion of Poland, which began World War II (1939-1945) in Europe, pitting the newly modernized army of Europe's great industrial power against the much smaller Polish army and introducing the world to a new style of warfare – Blitzkrieg. Panzer divisions spearheaded the German assault with Stuka dive-bombers prowling ahead spreading terror and mayhem. This book demonstrates how the Polish army was not as backward as it is often portrayed and fielded a tank force larger than that of the contemporary US Army. Its stubborn defence did give the Germans some surprises and German casualties were relatively heavy for such a short campaign.
 

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One of the more enjoyable books in the Osprey series. The maps are clear and concise, some good illustrations (particularly of the armoured train) and a straightforward narrative that doesn't go off ... Read full review

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CHRONOLOGY
11
OPPOSING COMMANDERS
13
POLISH COMMANDERS
15
RED ARMY COMMANDERS
17
OPPOSING PLANS
18
OPPOSING ARMIES
22
THE CAMPAIGN
36
THE GERMAN ATTACK
39
CAVALRY vs ARMOUR AT MOKRA
48
THE SILESIAN BREAKTHROUGH
55
THE SOVIET INVASION
78
RED ARMY ORDER OF BATTLE 17 SEPTEMBER 1939
85
CONCLUSION
86
THE BATTLEFIELD TODAY
90
FURTHER READING
93
INDEX
95

DEFENSE OF WESTERPLATTE
40

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Page 4 - GERHARD studied at the Wallasey School of Art and has been a freelance designer and illustrator for over 20 years. He has won both the Society of British Aerospace Companies Award and the Wilkinson Sword Trophy and has illustrated a number of books for Osprey including Campaign 69: Nagashino 1575 and Campaign 72: Jutland 1916. Howard lives and works in Kent, UK.
Page 8 - Another well-remembered instance was the separation of East Prussia from the rest of Germany by the Polish corridor.

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Steven J. Zaloga has a BA in history from Union College and an MA from Columbia University. He did graduate research on the 1939 campaign at Universitet Jagiellonski in Krakow, Poland, during the 1970s. He is currently a senior analyst for the aerospace research firm, Teal Group Corp, and an adjunct staff member with the Strategy, Forces and Resources division of the Institute for Defence Analyses in Washington, DC. He has written over 50 books on military history and technology, as well as many television documentaries.

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