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September 1, 2014

September 1, 2014 — the 75th anniversary of the day that Hitler started World War II

Filed under: Germany, World War II — Tags: , , , , , , — furtherglory @ 8:41 am

You can read about the start of World War II in this article in a German newspaper:

This quote is from the news article in the above link:

The fighting [in World War II] began in the early hours of September 1, 1939, when the German battleship Schleswig-Holstein fired on the Polish fort of Westerplatte. The first battle of the Second World War quickly ensued.

The attack on Poland by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime led Britain and France to declare war on Germany two days later.

The fewer than 200 Polish soldiers posted to Westerplatte fought bravely, holding out for a full week before their commander surrendered to the German forces.

Prior to the attack on Westerplatte, the Nazi’s had staged a number of operations aimed at creating the illusion of Polish aggression on Germany as a pretext for attack. The best know[n] of this was the “Gleiwitz incident,” an operation by Nazis posing as Poles on the German radio station “Sender Gleiwitz” in Gliwice, which was then part of Germany.

I wrote about the attack on Gleiwitz on this previous blog post:

I wrote another blog post about the start of World War II here:

Another recent news article, which you can read in full here, claims that the Germans fired the first shots of World War II at Gdansk.  It doesn’t really matter where the Germans fired the first shots to start World War, the important point is that Poland had nothing to do with starting World War II.

The Poles were planning to take Berlin with their cavalry which was the best in the world.  When the Poles started their cavalry charge, heading for Berlin, they knew nothing about Blitzkreig, nor did they know that Germany had the best tanks in the world.  They thought they could defeat Germany with horses.

This news story, which you can read in full here, also claims that the first shots were fired at Gdansk, which, to the Germans, was the German city of Danzig.

1939 photo shows ethnic Germans in Danzig saluting under a banner which says that Danzig is  a German city

1939 photo shows ethnic Germans in Danzig saluting under a banner which says that Danzig is a German city

Wikipedia mentions the Polish cavalry here:  “The charge at Krojanty, battle at Krojanty[1] or skirmish of Krojanty[2] was a cavalry charge that occurred during the Invasion of Poland in the Second World War. It took place on the evening of September 1, 1939, near the Pomeranian village of Krojanty.”

You can read this about the Polish cavalry at

This quote is from Wikipedia:

From the very first German shells fired at a Polish fort in Gdansk in the early hours of September 1, 1939, to the final days in 1945, Poland suffered some of the worst horrors of the war, chief among them the extermination of most of its Jewish population by the Nazis.

You don’t hear much about how the Germans were treated badly by the Polish people.  For example, do a search on “Bloody Sunday” and you will find this website which has lots of photos of Germans killed and mutilated by the Poles:




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    Comment by Iakovos Alhadeff — October 11, 2014 @ 12:08 am

    • Thank you so much for sharing this with my readers.

      Comment by furtherglory — October 11, 2014 @ 7:13 am

      • Thank you so much for the hospitality

        Comment by Iakovos Alhadeff — October 11, 2014 @ 7:18 am

        • I have finished reading your excellent essay and I am overwhelmed. Not one person in a million understood all this during World War I, nor afterwards. Even today, a person would have to read several books to learn everything that you have written.

          I appreciate the fact that you have written this so clearly, that your readers will not have to look up the meaning of words, as they read. You have included maps and references to Wikipedia, so that your readers will not have to look up anything, as they read. This is almost unknown, as most writers want to show off their intelligence and education, instead of explaining everything clearly.

          I was a child in the 1930ies in America when people were still talking incessantly about the “Great War.” No one understood it, as far as I could tell. My father was an American soldier in World War I, but I am sure that he had no idea what the war was all about.

          Comment by furtherglory — October 11, 2014 @ 8:05 am

  2. Poland was invaded by the joint forces of Germany and the USSR. But a lot of the media doesn’t give as much attention to the Soviet invasion on September 17 1939 even though when the borders were redrawn they acquired more territory than the Germans –

    Comment by Les — September 3, 2014 @ 4:31 am

  3. Furtherglory wrote: “When the Poles started their cavalry charge, heading for Berlin, they knew nothing about Blitzkrieg, nor did they know that Germany had the best tanks in the world. They thought they could defeat Germany with horses.”

    That’s a myth devised and spread by British propagandists after the Battle of Krojanty in order to sell their “Humanitarian war for the small defenseless Poland” hoax. After the “Brave Little Belgium” excuse to sell the British involvment in WW1, it was time for the “Defenseless Little Poland” excuse to sell the British attack on Nazi Germany which led to WW2. Always the same propagandistic BS…

    “The Mythical Polish Cavalry Charge” by Gilbert J. Mros (Polish American Journal, July 2008):

    Isn’t it quite ridiculous to claim that the Polish “Colonels’ Regime” really believed that Berlin could be conquered with sabers and lances? 😉

    Comment by hermie — September 2, 2014 @ 6:33 am

  4. Hitler foolishly was persuaded to do a deal with Stalin to get the lost German lands back again. He should instead have done a Putin , ie launch a surreptitous guerilla war using proxies to recover German land . Stalin was a man not to be trusted as the Japanese found out in 1945.

    Comment by peter — September 1, 2014 @ 5:29 pm

  5. The victors write the history. All of it. Any way they want. And for as long as they remain in occupation.

    Comment by Jett Rucker — September 1, 2014 @ 9:32 am

    • You are correct that Germany is still occupied. You can read about it at:

      The German people are afraid to even say the word “Jew.” The plan is to bring in enough black immigrants to wipe out the white Germans.

      Comment by furtherglory — September 1, 2014 @ 9:57 am

      • FG
        American troops are stationed in Germany there officially out of necessity. They are generally refereed to as ‘Defence Forces’, against whom is anyone’s guess not as Occupiers and to some extent hardly welcomed by the civilian population after all it is them that have to pay a certain amount of tax for the upkeep of the bases and is still called as a contribution to the ‘Besatzungsmacht’.
        One other thing I noticed, on a link that you referred to,is that Germany has not a Constitution, this is incorrect.

        Comment by Herbert Stolpmann — September 1, 2014 @ 8:01 pm

        • Once again Herbie it is you who is incorrect not Furtherglory. The Bundesrepublik parliamentarians insisted in 1949 that their Basic Law or Grundgesetz was not a constitution but a provisional law document for an occupied part of Germany. They stated that only a free united Germany could write its constitution . That this document has become an ersatz constitution doesn’t mean that it has a constitution.

          Comment by peter — September 2, 2014 @ 12:09 am

          • What you quote is an old Hat, just chew a bit further to the Present:
            Between February and June 1948, the London 6-Power Conference of the three western occupying powers (USA, United Kingdom, France) and the three Western neighbours of Germany (Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg) was debating the political future of the three western occupation zones of Germany. The negotiations ended with the conclusion that a democratic and federal West German state was to be established.
            As an immediate consequence of the London 6-Power Conference, the representatives of the three western occupation powers on 1 July 1948, convoked the Ministerpräsidenten (minister-presidents) of the West German Länder in Frankfurt/Main and committed to them the so-called Frankfurt Documents (Frankfurter Dokumente). These papers—amongst other points—summoned the Ministerpräsidenten to arrange a constitutional assembly, that should work out a democratic and federal constitution for a West German state. According to Frankfurt Document No 1, the constitution should specify a central power of German government, but nevertheless respect the administration of the Länder and it should contain provisions and guarantees of individual freedom and individual rights of the German people in respect to their government. With the specific request of a federal structure of a future German state the Western Powers followed German constitutional tradition since the foundation of the Reich in 1871.
            At a Bavarian lake the Constitutional Convention at Herrenchiemsee, held in summer 1948 at the monastery Abbey, draw up the draft for the basic law, central part of the constitution of Germany.
            I never said that FG. was wrong, only referred to a link, Dummkopf.

            Comment by Herbert Stolpmann — September 2, 2014 @ 3:23 pm

          • And one more comment on the subject:
            With the implementation of the national unity of Germany on 3 October 1990, the Basic Law has become the all-German constitution.
            Source: http: … //>

            Comment by Herbert Stolpmann — September 2, 2014 @ 3:56 pm

        • American troops are stationed in Germany there officially out of necessity.

          Yes, “officially”. Nowadays I don’t think most Germans would agree with this — ie that they are necessary. But base closings and withdrawal of US military forces in Germany can have a serious economic impact on the affected locales, so in that sense these installations would be seen as desirable in most cases, and so German officials lobby against closings and downsizing. Other than that, most Germans would probably like to see US forces leave entirely — especially after the NSA snooping scandals.

          Comment by eah — September 2, 2014 @ 11:36 am

        • I was in Germany for two years after World War II, and the Germans were happy to have the Americans there. The Americans provided jobs for the Germans and also gave them food and other gifts. Only the very upper class Germans objected to the Americans being there. The Germans were afraid that the Soviets would invade Western Germany and they were glad to have the Americans for protection. Maybe that has changed and the Germans now want the Americans out.

          When I was there, many of the American soldiers were German-American and they fit in very well.

          Comment by furtherglory — September 2, 2014 @ 4:50 pm

          • FG.
            Right after the war in 1947/48 Germany was in its Death Throes and most of us were more than happy to gain employment in US Military Installation. You are correct, we were fed and clothed by them as well as providing living quarters. In my own case staying with them for almost ten years I am looking back with fond memories and will never forget the kindness that was extended to me, until I fall of the end of the Rainbow. But attitudes have chanced, the German population became prosperous, and as I have stated before the majority do not like foreign troops, irrespectively of their nationality on their soil. An example is often mentioned, there are no Russian Bases in the former East Germany.

            Comment by Herbert Stolpmann — September 2, 2014 @ 10:51 pm

            • I went back to Germany for the first time in 1995, and I was amazed to see the Germans, all dressed up in nice clothes, sitting in restaurants eating and drinking, and enjoying themselves. But when I tried to engage them in a conversation about the war, they absolutely refused to talk.

              I was amazed to see so many buildings that had been restored, and many more that were still in the process of being restored. If America had been bombed, I am pretty sure that the damaged buildings would have just been torn down.

              I was there to trace my German ancestry, and the German people were very helpful. I learned that my German ancestors lived a few miles from the ancestors of Deborah Lipstadt. Years ago, the Jews were chased out of my ancestral town, just as they were chased out of every other town in Germany. Each time that the Jews were chased out, they always came back. The Germans are a great people for the Jews to take advantage of, since they are hard workers.

              Comment by furtherglory — September 3, 2014 @ 7:50 am

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