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#ICYMI: Polish Trump supporters hold banners during the ceremony of the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of WWII. On Sept the 1'st Poles marked the outbreak of WWII. gettyimages.com/detail/news-ph…
Vice President Mike Pence pledged Sunday at a WWII memorial in Poland that that America will not abandon its allies and the superpower will always fight to protect their sovereignty and basic freedoms
Officials and leaders, among them Vice President Mike Pence, Polish President Andrzej Duda, and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier stand during a memorial ceremony marking the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskly shakes hand with Vice President Mike Pence at a meeting where the Trump administration promised to support Ukraine.
Veterans from WWII and officials pictured at a ceremony to commemorate 80 years since the start of WWII in Warsaw, Poland
Beginning on Sept 1, 1939, the invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany saw Adolf Hitler's troops attack the country from the north, south, & west. Hitler had been originally set to invade the country in Aug but wavered when Britain signed the Polish-British Common Defence Pact
The attack on Poland actually began when, in the early hours of September 1, the German battleship Schleswig-Holstein opened fire on the Polish military transit depot at Westerplatte, in what was then the Free City of Danzig and is now Gdansk.

Workshops at the port on fire
The devastating attacks on Warsaw led to the surrender of the Polish garrison on September 27 - they had endured 18 days of continuous bombing and finally surrendered at 2pm that afternoon.

The ruins of the Lubomirski Palace in central Warswaw
At 4:45am on September 1, 1939, around 1.5million German troops invaded Poland all along its 1,750-mile border with German-controlled territory.

A map drawn on parchment showing the directions of the German army's attack
Throughout Sept, Warsaw remained under siege, with the largest & most devastating air attacks coming on Sept 25-26. Hundreds of tons of high explosive & incendiary bombs were dropped on Warsaw. These were accompanied by heavy shelling from artillery.
The Polish army's defiant defense of Westerplatte, which saw them hold out for seven days, is still seen as a heroic symbol of resistance in the country. During the attack, Poles withstood numerous assaults, shelling from German warships and dive-bomber attacks from the skies
Despite Britain and France's declaration of war on Germany on September 3, they did not provide any military assistance to the country because they had been entirely unprepared for the rapidity of the Nazis' invasion.
In August 1939, Germany had signed a non-aggression pact, known as the Nazi-Soviet pact, with the Soviet Union. In the agreement, the two countries agreed to divide Poland between them. Soviet forces were ordered into Poland on September 17.
German battleship SMS Schleslen bombards Polish artillery positions on September 27 on the Hel peninsula in northern Poland
German soldiers are pictured celebrating the occupation of Westerplatte with the erection of a swastika on September 7, 1939
Historic buildings in Warsaw were destroyed by the bombs dropped by Nazy warplanes, including the Royal Castle (pictured), which dated from 1598
A Polish colonel (left) stands over a map next to German general Gunther von Kluge during negotiations after the capitulation of Warsaw to Nazi troops. Von Kluge commanded the German 4th Army of the Wehrmacht during the invasion
It only took 6 days for grossly outnumbered Polish forces to be defeated at Westerplatte. However, the battle did occupy German forces for longer than had been expected, & the region's defense inspired the Polish Army & people
As Nazi troops arrived in the Free City of Danzig (modern-day Gdansk) on September 3, cheering German citizens - who made up nearly all of the city-state's population - welcomed soldiers.
During their occupation of Poland, which lasted throughout the rest of the Second World War, the Germans killed millions of Polish citizens. Estimates vary, but more than five million citizens were killed, including around three million Polish Jews.
Tens of thousands of Polish civilians were killed during the German invasion of their country, which started on September 1, 1939 and finished with their surrender on October 6.
Around 65,000 Polish soldiers were killed in the fighting during the German invasion of their country. As well as those who died, around 420,000 other troops were captured by Nazi forces, while more than 200,000 were detained by Soviet troops
archived footage of German planes exploding filmed by gun cameras
When America and Russia were friends: Stunning colorized images from WWII show Allied troops celebrating the end of the war, seizing German bunkers and the horrors they discovered at PoW camps dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7…
American & Soviet troops mtg in Griebo, Germany, at the war's end in 1945. A more celebrated mtg of the 2 armies is Elbe Day on Apr 25, 1945. That was the day Soviet & American troops met at the Elbe River, near Torgau in Germany, marking an important step twd the end of WWII
2 girls assembling sub-machine guns during the Siege of Leningrad in 1943. The siege was a prolonged military blockade undertaken by the Axis powers. It started on Sept 9 1941, when the last road to the city was severed. The siege was not lifted until Jan 27, 1944, 872 days later
A man after he was liberated from the Ebensee concentration camp in Austria on May 8, 1945. The camp was established by the SS to build tunnels for armaments storage near the town of Ebensee in 1943. It held a total of 27,278 male inmates from 1943-1945. Btwn 8,500-11,000 died
German troops in a burning village on the Eastern front..a theater of conflict btwn the European Axis powers & Finland against Soviet Union, Poland & other Allies..encompassed Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Northeast Europe (Baltics), & Southeast Europe (Balkans)
Victorious Soviet troops atop the Nazi's Regenwurmlager bunker in Poland. The Regenwurmlager was an extensive underground system of fortifications, built during the 1920s and 1940s near the city of Meseritz, close to the Polish border.
Captain Yuri Belov and Lieutenant Nikolai Sergeyevich Davidenko at the Champs de Elysses in Paris, 1943. They had the responsibility of organizing conferences for the supporters of the Russian Liberation Movement and Russian Liberation Army across German-occupied Europe.
Sergeant George A. Kaufman of the 9th US Army replaces an 'Adolf-Hitler-Straße' sign with a hand-made 'Roosevelt Boulevard' sign in Krefeld, Germany, March 9, 1945. The city of Krefeld was heavily affected by the Second World War.
5 Luftwaffe officers somewhere in North Africa in 1941. In North Africa & the Mediterranean, the Luftwaffe mainly saw action in support of the ground operations conducted by General Erwin Rommel's Afrika Korps. The Afrika Korps fought in North Africa from Feb 1941 to May 1943.
Members of the Polish Independent Highland Brigade taking their oath in Malestroit, France, in 1940. The Polish Independent Highland Brigade was a Polish military unit created in France in 1939, after the fall of Poland, as part of the Polish Army in France.
wait what

By December 1942 2,105 cannibals were arrested in the city. They were divided into two legal categories: corpse-eating (trupoyedstvo) and person-eating (lyudoyedstvo). The latter were usually shot while the former were sent to prison.
dunno how I've never heard about this...

George H.W. Bush narrowly avoided being eaten by Japanese soldiers during World War II

"The prison doctors tell me that cannibalism is going on," the medical officer said. "There was no flesh on the bodies; the liver, kidneys, and heart were knifed out. There were five to seven births daily, but there was no water." theguardian.com/world/1945/apr…
The former President George HW Bush narrowly escaped being beheaded and eaten by Japanese soldiers when he was shot down over the Pacific in WWII


[1992] For six months, historian Toshiyuki Tanaka dug through Australian archives to tell his country that some Japanese soldiers were cannibals during the last desperate days of World War II. apnews.com/2e7e9a8dae17cc…
Senior Sergeant Nina Shershneva in 1942; she is credited with carrying 25 wounded from the battfield during fighting in the Crimean & Kerch Peninsula. The Battle of the Kerch Peninsula was a WWII battle btwn Erich von Manstein's German & Romanian 11th Army & Soviet Crimean Front
3,000+ Danes died as a direct result of the occupation. A further 2,000 volunteers of Free Corps Denmark & Waffen SS died fighting on the German side on the Eastern Front, while 1,072 merchant sailors died in Allied service
Estonian Waffen-SS volunteer Kalju Jakobsoo with his dog Caesar on Sept 4, 1944. Germany reached Estonia in July 1941.
2 Dutch soldiers fighting in the trenches during the Battle of the Grebbeberg in May 1940. The battle was a major engagement during the Battle of the Netherlands, which was a part of the WWII Operation Fall Gelb in 1940.
A gunner in front of a B-24 bomber in 1944. The Consolidated B-24 Liberator is an American heavy bomber. The B-24 was used extensively in WWII. It served in every branch of the American armed forces as well as several Allied air forces & navies.
Russian soldiers arrive in a heavily armed Berlin
A German soldier armed with a P08 Luger pistol and an M24 stick grenade, referred to as a Stielhandgranate, moves forward as the Nazis do everything they can to prevent the Allied forces from sweeping through north-west Europe.
During the first half of 1944, troop units were no longer being refitted with replacements to compensate for the large losses sustained. This was the first hint to German soldiers that the war was drawing to a close and they were on the losing side
US allied troops set sail for Europe during WWII in 1941
An elderly woman stands in front of a ruined building in a European town battered by aerial attacks, while a German tank has been left destroyed. In the last year of the war, with virtually no Luftwaffe support, German armor succumbed to huge losses.
German General Jodi signing the surrender document for WWII
Two American soldiers taking a smoke break. It is unclear where or when the photo was taken. Photographer Julius Jääskeläinen from Visby, Sweden, spent countless hours researching, restoring and colouring black and white images from the battle for Europe
The grave of a British airborne soldier killed during the Battle of Arnhem in Sept 1944 & buried by his foes. Picture taken by liberating forces on April 15, 1945. The Battle of Arnhem was a major battle of WWII at the vanguard of the Allied Operation Market Garden.
Stalin oversees the Russian Army in the Red Square during WWII
The occupying Nazis knew everything about their Parisian subjects, almost. They didn't know about the bunker with a massive door as thick as a bank vault in the belly of Paris that served as a command post for the chief of the Resistance in the French capital.
The bombing was largely carried out by United States Army Air Forces based in Libya and Southern Italy. Fifty-three aircraft, each with a crew of ten, were lost in the attack - which did not drastically affect oil production in the area
Another of the images shows a B26 bomber flying over Sicily. It may have formed part of the Allied invasion of Sicily, codenamed Operation Husky, was a major campaign of World War II, in which the Allies took the island of Sicily from the Axis powers of Italy and Nazi Germany.
Another image shows the results of a mass bombing raid on a German refinery at Ploesti in Romania. But B-24 bombers were confronted with some of the most heavily protected facilities the Germans had.
Smoke billows into the sky after a mass bombing raid at a German refinery in Ploesti, Romania.
Another photographs shows a Spitfire crash landed in Africa. A revolutionary aircraft that transformed the capability of the RAF, the Spitfire rightly became a symbol of national defiance, turning what could have been Britain’s darkest hour into our finest.
families inspecting boats in Sorrento, Italy
Flt Lt Cooper was initially assigned with 336 Squadron and was also affiliated with the Mediterrannean Allied Photo Reconnaissance Wing (pictured, the reconnaissance team at work inspecting photographs taken during the war)
RAF Bomber Command planes take off in 1940
As part of the campaign in north Africa, war graves were created near Tunis. The campaign took place from from June 10, 1940 to May 13, 1943 and included visits to the Libyan and Egyptian deserts. Fighting in the area started with the Italian declaration of war on June 10, 1940
The Allies and Germans agreed that the city of Rome was too important to bomb, but this image shows a first target chart of Rome - which would have been used if bombing had gone ahead
Another image shows the three stages of an allied landing on the Italian coast. Along with Canadian, French and other Allies, the invasion was the start of a long march to Rome that would forever be noted as some of the most brutal of the entire war.
Archive footage of the RAF in India during WWII
kinda weird he was the only one to survive being captured, eh?

Lt George Bush was among 9 airmen who escaped from their planes after being shot down during bombing raids on Chichi Jima, a tiny island 700 miles south of Tokyo, in Sept 1944 - & was the only 1 to evade capture
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