First to Fight: The Polish War 1939 (Paperback)
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First to Fight: The Polish War 1939 (Paperback)

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Published: 03/09/2020
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A new and definitive account of the German invasion of Poland that initiated WWII in 1939, written by a historian at the height of his abilities.

The Polish campaign is the forgotten story of the Second World War.

The war began on 1 September 1939, when German tanks, trucks and infantry crossed the Polish border, and the Luftwaffe began bombing Poland's towns and cities. The Polish army fought bravely but could not withstand the concentrated attack. When the Red Army invaded from the east, the country's fate was sealed.

This is the first history of the Polish war for almost half a century. Drawing on letters, memoirs and diaries from all sides, Roger Moorhouse's dramatic account of the military events is entwined with a human story of courage and suffering, and a dark tale of diplomatic betrayal.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781784706241
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 279 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 23 mm


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We tend to overlook “the war that Hitler won”, but Roger Moorhouse brilliantly underlines its crucial importance for the future course of the Second World War. 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 Destiny’

[A] chilling, indignant narrative… Moorhouse has expertly laid bare…[the] truth - Roger Boyes, The Times

Moorhouse’s book remedies that gap [in history of The Polish War], weaving together archival material, first-hand accounts, perceptive analysis and heartbreaking descriptions of Poland’s betrayal, defeat and dismemberment - Economist

[A] fascinating book… Moorhouse has mastered a large body of material… this is…a very valuable book, as it gathers a mass of detail into a lucid narrative for general readers - Noel Malcolm, Sunday Telegraph

An important book. Roger Moorhouse has a wonderful knack of reminding us about the parts of the Second World War that we are in danger of forgetting - Dan Snow

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“Setting the record straight”

Ludwig Podolański had celebrated his 18th birthday on the 2nd August 1939, he could not celebrate with his family, as his unit had been mobilised. By the 24th August 4th Engineers Battalion had been moved to their... More

Hardback edition
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“Setting the record straight”

Ludwig Podolański had celebrated his 18th birthday on the 2nd August 1939, he could not celebrate with his family, as his unit had been mobilised. By the 24th August 4th Engineers Battalion had been moved to their... More

Hardback edition
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“Essential reading”

A well written book about the start of WW2 but non military specialists need not fear as it is not overly specialist . The author shows how the Germans waged war against civilians from day one and some episodes are... More

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