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FC: Blitzkrieg on Poland By: Alyssa Ewell

1: Dear Diary, | I can't possibly find the words to describe the panic that existed among these running people. The screams and the cries of the children, the women, the terrible panic that seized the population. And the planes coming down on you. It was a miracle that we made it through that bridge, but we did. And for the first time in my life I felt the smell of burning domiciles. The smell won't seem to go away. Sincerely, Zofiia Kowlaski

2: Jews used as slave labor in Poland. | Warsaw Street sign forbidding Jews to walk "this side of the street". | German troops entering Poland.

3: GERMAN ARMY ATTACKS POLAND; CITIES BOMBED, PORT BLOCKADED;; IN POLAND By PRINCESS PAUL SAPIEHA September 29, 1940, Sunday Section: The New York Times Magazine, Page 103, 2168 words | SAYS 'BLITZ' TACTICS ARE OLD TO ARMY; Staff School Has Been Teaching Them Since 1933, Col. Wilson Tells Senate Inquiry HAMPERED BY EQUIPMENT Gen. Twaddle Blames 'Political Pressure' for Keeping Posts of Little Military Value Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES. April 24, 1941, Thursday Page 10, 558 words

4: October 11, 1939 two polish warplanes were shot donwn. | German advanced guards are shown in a Polish villa that has been under fire. | German troops entering Poland.

5: Captured German troops at Dunkirk. | Jews forced to work the Podgorze Ghetto (Krakow).

6: Thursday Aug 23 1939 The Hitler-Stalin Pact was signed Eight days later, the German military launched its blitzkrieg against Poland. Thursday August 31- Adolph Hitler provides the final orders for the invasion of Poland.. Friday September 1- German forces invaded Poland. Blitzkrieg was now put into practice.. Sunday September 3- British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain announces that Britain is officially at war with Germany. | Friday September 8- German ground forces arrive at the outskirts of the Polish capital of Warsaw, covering an astounding 200 miles in a single week.. Sunday September 17 Soviet army elements begin their invasion of Poland from the east. Attacks occur near Vilnius and Bialystok. Sunday September 17 Polish resistance at the Bzura River north of Lodz finally surrender to the Germans. Some 170,000 Polish prisoners are taken captive..

7: German tank units enter a village on Poland. . | The picture to the left shows a prisoner being aken by the Polish army during the Nazi blitzkrieg,

8: Monday September 18 Polish resistance at the Bzura River north of Lodz finally surrender to the Germans. Some 170,000 Polish prisoners are taken captive. Wednesday September 27 The Polish capital of Warsaw officially falls. Friday September 29 The German-Soviet Boundary Friendship Treay is signed between German representative von Ribbentrop and Soviet representative Molotov. Poland is divided into a western zone under German control and an eastern zone under Soviet control. | 'BLITZKRIEG' STRATEGY NO NEW GERMAN IDEA; Lightning War Long Classic Tactics for Reich Generals-Poland Particularly Favorable for It, but Not West By OTTO D. TOLISCHUS Special Cable to THE NEW YORK TIMES. September 17, 1939, Sunday Section: The Week In Review, Page 78, 1479 words

9: Dear Diary, I was sitting on my balcony today, reading a book. And all of sudden, I heard a thud, and I saw planes circling above the city. I 'm so afraid about making it out alive... I'm so afraid for my family and friends. I found out early my friend, John, who's in the army, died today. I can't help but to think how far this war will go. Who will be next? I keep thinking about my beloved husband who is at war. May God watch over him and the rest over us. Sincerely, Zofia Kolawski

10: POLAND'S AGONY January 24, 1940, Wednesday Page 17, 413 words Repression in Poland By JONATHAN RANDAL March 17, 1968, Sunday Section: THE WEEK IN REVIEW, Page E4, 680 words | Poland's currency.

11: My children, September 1939. | Political Cartoon poking fun at Hitler and how he assumed bombing Poland would not start war. | My husband is the one who is on his knees on the left and next to him his John.

12: Dear Diary, After a year of suffering, war is finally over in Poland. So many peoples lives have been lost. And although Poland has lost to Hitler, the Nazis are still moving on elsewhere. I hope they are stopped. Yes, the war lasted for a year, but that's a year too long. Who is to say how long war will last in other European countries? I'm still scared by what has happened. My home town is ruined and lives have been ruined. I am just thankful my husband, my children, friends, and family has made it out alive... But I still haven't forgotten you John.. Rest In Peace. Sincerely, Zofia Kolawski

13: Work Cited Page: -TOLISCHUS, OTTO D. "'BLITZKRIEG' STRATEGY NO NEW GERMAN IDEA; Lightning War Long Classic Tactics for Reich Generals-Poland Particularly Favorable for It, but Not West." THE NEW YORK TIMES. Sun 17 Sept 1939 (NEWS ARTICLE) - SAPIEHA, PAUL. "GERMAN ARMY ATTACKS POLAND; CITIES BOMBED, PORT BLOCKADED;; IN POLAND." NEW YORK TIMES. 29 Sept 1940 (NEWS ARTICLE) - "Poland's Agony." NEW YORK TIMES 24 Jan 1940 (NEWS ARTICLE) - Hargreaves, Richard. BLITZKRIEG UNLEASHED: The German Invasion of Poland 1939. New York, 2008. (BOOK) -Williamson, David. POLAND BETRAYED: The Nazi-Soviet Invasions of 1939 (Campaign Chronicles). New York, 2009. (BOOK) - Holocaust Encyclopedia. "BLITZKRIEG (LIGHTNING WAR)." 1 APRIL 2010 (WEBSITE)

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