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Invasion of Poland (1939)
Part of World War II
WWII Poland Invasion 1939-09-01
German troops dismantle a Polish border checkpoint,
September 1, 1939, as World War II begins.
Date 1 September6 October 1939
Location Poland
Result Decisive Axis and Soviet victory.
Combatants
Flag of Poland Poland Flag of Germany 1933 Germany,
Flag of the Soviet Union Soviet Union,
1stslovakia flag large Slovakia
Commanders
Flag of Poland Edward Rydz-Śmigły Flag of Germany 1933 Fedor von Bock
(Army Group North),
Flag of Germany 1933 Gerd von Rundstedt (Army Group South),
Flag of the Soviet Union Mikhail Kovalov (Belorussian Front),
Flag of the Soviet Union Semyon Timoshenko (Ukrainian Front),
1stslovakia flag large Ferdinand Čatloš
(Field Army Bernolak)
Strength
39 divisions,
16 brigades,
4,300 guns,
880 tanks,
400 aircraft
Total: 950,000[1]
Germany:
56 divisions,
4 brigades,
10,000 guns,
2,700 tanks,
1,300 aircraft
Soviet Union:
33+ divisions,
11+ brigades
Slovakia:
3 divisions
Total:
1,800,000 Germans,
800,000+ Soviets,
50,000 Slovaks
Grand total: 2,650,000+[1]
Casualties
66,000 dead,[2]
133,700 wounded,
694,000 captured
Germany:
16,343 dead,[2]
27,280 wounded,
320 missing
Soviet Union:
737 dead or missing,
1,125 wounded


Invasion of Poland
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World War IIEdit

This battle was the first of many invasions by the German army. Hitler, in preparation for the attack, had signed a pact between the Soviet Union which stated that the Soviet Union would have control of East Poland, and Germany would have control of West Poland.


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Prelude
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1939
Invasion of Poland
Winter War

1940
Invasion of Denmark/Norway
Battle of France
Battle of Britain

1941
Invasion of the Soviet Union
Battle of Moscow
Attack on Pearl Harbor

1942
Battle of Midway
Battle of Stalingrad
Second Battle of El Alamein

1943
Battle of Kursk
Guadalcanal campaign
Invasion of Italy

1944
Battle of Normandy
Operation Bagration
Battle of Leyte Gulf

1945
Battle of Okinawa
Battle of Berlin
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See also

Category:World War II
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Attacks on North America
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