Invasion of Poland

World War II: Blitzkrieg

Europe 1939.0916

Invasion of Poland

World War II in Europe from the fall of Poland to Stalingrad (16 September 1939)

Historical Map of Europe & the Mediterranean

Germany surprised the world in August by signing a pact with its ideological enemy, the Soviet Union. With the threat from Russia removed, Hitler invaded Poland on September 1. Two days later, Britain and France declared war on Germany. The Second World War had begun.

Main Events

Franco declares end of Spanish Civil War

Italy seizes Albania

Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact signed

Germany invades Poland

Britain and France declare war on Germany

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