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review First To Fight EXPORT First To Fight EXPORT characters ¶ 7 Valry charging German tanks with their lances In truth Polish forces put up a spirited defence in the expectation that they would be assisted by their British and French allies That assistance never cameFirst to Fight is the first history of the Polish war for almost half a century Drawing on letters memoirs and diaries by generals and politicians soldiers and civilians from all sides Roger Moorhouse's dramatic account of the military events is entwined with a tragic human story of courage and suffering and a dark tale of diplomatic betraya. An amazing book which explodes the still very much alive Nazi and Soviet propaganda myths of an easy German victory and a merely protectivetactical police intervention in the east of Poland by the SovietsAs a narrative this is gripping stuff drawing on eye witness accounts from both sides together with military and political analysis The nightmare scale of the war crimes against both civilians and POWs including specific targeting of refugees on the road and bombing of urban centres of no military significance is dispassionately presented together with accounts of some of the many massacres committed by German and Soviet troops This is difficult to read without deep revulsion and paved the way for what was to follow in what was clearly a racial warPerhaps the most lasting impression apart from the bravery of the Polish defence and the bitterness of the fighting is the weakness and naivety of the British and especially the French response It is a disturbing lesson for today and it also begs the uestion what would have happened if the French had honoured their treaty obligations and really attacked Germany at a time when almost the whole of the German army was fighting in PolandThe other is the mismatch between the kind of thing we see in the current history books cavalry against tanks Polish air force destroyed on the ground etc and the truth with up to 600 German aircraft and 1000 armoured vehicles destroyed and significant losses on the Soviet sideRoger Moorhouse has produced a tour de force He is a very talented historian

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review First To Fight EXPORT First To Fight EXPORT characters ¶ 7 'This deeply researched very well written and penetrating book will be the standard work on the subject for many years to come' Andrew Roberts author of Churchill Walking with DestinyThe Second World War began on 1 September 1939 when German tanks trucks and infantry crossed the Polish border and the Luftwaffe began bombing Poland's cities The Polish army fought bravely but could not withstand an attacker superior in numbers and technology; and when the Red Army invaded from the east as agreed in the pact Hitler had concluded with Stalin th. While other historians writing in English such as Norman Davies have given the invasion of Poland than a footnote coverage as the event that started WW11 Roger Moorhouse has gone into much greater detail Thankfully the Goebbels propaganda inspired myths about a backward Polish State stupidly charging German panzers on horseback are finally being dispelled by authors like Frost in the English speaking world Poland did have tanks and aircraft and they were the first to break the German Enigma code The German losses were very high The fact that the Polish Army lasted against both the German and Soviet invaders for 5 weeks which was one week less that the French Campaign is explained in this book I highly recommend it for those interested in WW11 history Remember it was the Polish Campaign which marked the start of WW11

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review First To Fight EXPORT First To Fight EXPORT characters ¶ 7 E country's fate was sealed Poland was the first to fight the German aggressor; it would be the first to suffer the full murderous force of Nazi persecution By the end of the Second World War one in five of its people had perishedThe Polish campaign is the forgotten story of the Second World War Despite prefacing many of that conflict's later horrors the wanton targeting of civilians indiscriminate bombing and ethnic cleansing it is little understood and most of what we think we know about it is Nazi propaganda such as the myth of Polish ca. But linguistic shortcomings prevented meSo now finally 80 years after the cataclysmic invasion we have the full story of what happened to Poland and its people over five terrible weeks in the early autumn of 1939Thanks to access to Polish archives and knowledge of Polish published sources the author gives full voice to the story of what Germans claimed was the campaign of 18 days but Polish bravery ensured lasted twice that long Indeed had the Poles not been stabbed in the back by Stalin and the Red Army s liberation read invasion on September 17 there s every reason to believe that the fighting would have continued beyond October 6 when the last Polish forces surrendered at KockPerhaps because of the language barrier the invasion of Poland is brushed aside by most Western historians of WW2 in a few paragraphs or pages at best For the sake of the Polish people especially it deserves not to be dismissed so curtly for all the courage and bravado hell and horror of war waged by the Third Reich is here in microcosm in these six weeks of war defiant last stands against the odds refugees overrun by tanks or attacked by the Luftwaffe enemy soldiers and civilians maltreated at best butchered at worst victims of Nazi racial ideology Poland 1939 not the invasion of Russia in June 1941 is the curtain raiser to the Holocaust and the German war machine bloodied its hands from the very first dayBeyond the well known set piece actions of September 1939 Danzig and the Westerplatte the battle of the Bzura the siege of Warsaw the author sheds light on Polish stands and actions which barely register anywhere else and haven t seen the light of day in English such as some of the fighting on the road to Warsaw bitter clashes outside Lvov and especially the uneual struggle with the Red Army in the east of the country The first hand accounts are vivid often horrific invariably haunting and above all bring Poland s plight to lifeWith Frederick Taylor s superb 1939 it s my joint book of the year and one of the best books on WW2 I have picked up in many years