The invasion of Poland, in paperback

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Case White: The invasion of Poland Case White: The invasion of Poland

The story of Case White, the 1939 German invasion, is released in paperback format on 29 October.

This fascinating title from renowned World War II historian Robert Forczyk tells the full story of the opening campaign of World War II in Europe, Case White.

The German invasion of Poland on 1 September 1939, designated as Fall Weiss (Case White), was the event that sparked the outbreak of World War II in Europe. The campaign has widely been described as a textbook example of Blitzkrieg, but it was actually a fairly conventional campaign as the Wehrmacht was still learning how to use its new Panzers and dive-bombers.

The Polish military is often misrepresented as hopelessly obsolete and outclassed by the Wehrmacht, yet in fact it was well-equipped with modern weapons and armour. Indeed, the Polish possessed more tanks than the British and had cracked the German Enigma machine cipher. Though the combined assault from Germany and the Soviet Union defeated Poland, it could not crush the Polish fighting spirit and thousands of soldiers and airmen escaped to fight on other fronts. The result of Case White was a brutal occupation, as Polish Slavs found themselves marginalised and later eliminated, paving the way for Hitler’s vision of Lebensraum (living space) and his later betrayal and invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941.

In this compelling book, acclaimed historian Robert Forczyk challenges the many myths surrounding Case White, drawing on a wide array of sources to tell the full story of the invasion that became the catalyst for history’s greatest conflict.

 

  • Osprey Publishing
  • ISBN 978-1-4728-3497-3
  • £16.99. Paperback
  • On sale: 29 October

 

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