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calendar   Tuesday - September 01, 2009

It’s Sept. 1st, 1939 and Poland resists invasion on three frontiers as Germany invades.

September 1, 2009. The anniversary of a world shattering event.  I kind of doubt this date will mean a lot to most Americans. Except for those with an abiding interest in history, I don’t suppose there’s any reason for most Americans to note this particular date.  For us, it’s December 7, 1941.
And I’m beginning to wonder how many of us even note that date.
I have a friend who told me she’d never heard of the Battle of Britain.

Well, to many over here that war was a lot closer and so this date does stand out.  And most especially to the Poles.

The following is from the diary of the Italian Foreign Minister, Count Ciano.

The video below that comes from Poland.

September 1, 1939
Germany Invades Poland

The Duce is calm.  He has already decided not to intervene, and the struggle which has torn his spirit during these last weeks has ceased. He telephones Berlin asking for a cable releasing him from obligations to the alliance. He does not want to pass as a welsher to the German people, nor in the eyes of the Italian people, who, to tell the truth, do not show too many scruples, blinded as they are by anti-German hatred.  Hitler sends the message through
von Mackensen.

I receive Francois-Poncet and Sir Percy Loraine.  It is now clear that France and England will do nothing against us.  Nevertheless, I repeat to Francois-Poncet and Sir Percy Loraine about our attitude.  The French still insist that the Duce should take the initiative toward the conference we discussed yesterday.  The English are more skepticle.  But we Italians are more skepticle still, we who know how things stand and know about the rabid determination of the Germans to fight.

At 3:00 Council of Ministers.
The Duce speaks briefly.  Then I speak, adopting a clear-cut anti-German tone.  The agenda for non-intervention by Italy, already drawn up since morning by the Duce and myself, is approved.  Even ministers like Starace and Alfieri, who had been among the most vociferous warmongers, embrace me and say that I have rendered a great service to my country.

First bits of news on the victories achieved by the Germans.  The Poles are withdrawing everywhere.  I do not believe their resistance can last long.

Further reading and photos:

WW2 TIME LINE IN THE TELEGRAPH


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