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The Blitzkrieg in Poland

Blitzkrieg is the theory of conducting a brief war, according to which victory is achieved in the period calculated in days, weeks or even months, before the enemy can mobilize and deploy its core military forces. It was created in the early 20th century by Alfred von Schlieffen.

In the first phase of World War II in Europe, Germany wanted to avoid a long war. Germany’s strategy was to defeat its opponents in a range of short campaigns. Germany fast overran most of Europe and was not defeated for more than two years by relying in a new military strategy Blitzkrieg (lightning war).

The strategy of Blitzkrieg was successfully used by Germany in Poland. After ten days of military actions in Poland, the German troops were able to isolate about 10 Polish divisions in the Kutno area, but the Poles attempted to counter-attack German troops, who were already approaching Warsaw. It was the last desperate act of the Polish Army to prevent the advance of the enemy, but the attempt failed due to the chaotic flight of the civilian population from devastated towns and villages. The Polish Air Force had about 100 combat-ready aircraft – fighters and bombers. And this aircraft was directed straight into the fiery slaughter of battles, as the Polish pilots didn’t deter the presence of the enemy in the air, nor its numerical superiority. By September 13, the number of lost German planes reached 150, but by the time of closing of the steel enemy ring around Warsaw resistance of the Poles was almost reduced to zero.

With the acquiescence of Germany, Soviet troops crossed the border of Poland on September 17, and although Warsaw resistance continued until September 27, already on September 18, after the defeat of the Polish troops in the Modlin Fortress, a victorious conclusion of the Polish campaign was officially declared.

The Blitzkrieg in Poland served as a spark, igniting the fire of World War II. On September 3, France and the United Kingdom connected to Poland with contractual obligations declared war on Germany. However, neither the one nor the other country in those four weeks provided significant military assistance to Poland for different reasons. This was the week when the whole world has witnessed the beginning of a world war. And if until now the world watched with deep indifference to the glow of the war in Spain, the heart-rending howl of military planes in the sky over Warsaw, which was burned and turned into a heap of ruins, made it clear for everybody of the future of hell, the flames of which could not damped for another six years.

Blitzkrieg is the theory of conducting a brief war, according to which victory is achieved in the period calculated in days, weeks or even months, before the enemy can mobilize and deploy its core military forces. It was created in the early 20th century by Alfred von Schlieffen.

In the first phase of World War II in Europe, Germany wanted to avoid a long war.

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