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On September 1, 1939, German forces swept across Poland, bombing its cities and overrunning its towns. This method of lighting warfare would soon be known across as blitzkrieg and would terrify Germany's enemies for the next six years. But why did Germany invade Poland in 1939? And what revolutionary methods of warfare did they implement through the course of this cam On September 1, 1939, German forces swept across Poland, bombing its cities and overrunning its towns. This method of lighting warfare would soon be known across as blitzkrieg and would terrify Germany's enemies for the next six years. But why did Germany invade Poland in 1939? And what revolutionary methods of warfare did they implement through the course of this campaign? Robert M. Kennedy, a major in the United States army, uncovers this famous invasion in step-by-step analysis from the Polish-German relations prior to the war through to the lessons learnt by the German military forces once the Polish people had been subdued. Through the course of this work Kennedy explores the complicated diplomacy that developed between Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia behind the back of Poland, as well as the ineffectual policy appeasement from Britain and France that left Poland helpless in the face of two aggressive neighbors. Kennedy fully explains military capabilities of both Germany and Poland in 1939 and explains why Nazi forces were able to utterly overcome their eastern neighbor in such a short amount of time. The German Campaign in Poland is essential reading for anyone interested in learning about the first battles of the Second World War and how the Nazi military force quickly became feared across the globe. This account was written by Maj. Robert M. Kennedy under the direction of the chief of the Special Studies Division, Office of the Chief of Military History. It was first published in 1956.


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On September 1, 1939, German forces swept across Poland, bombing its cities and overrunning its towns. This method of lighting warfare would soon be known across as blitzkrieg and would terrify Germany's enemies for the next six years. But why did Germany invade Poland in 1939? And what revolutionary methods of warfare did they implement through the course of this cam On September 1, 1939, German forces swept across Poland, bombing its cities and overrunning its towns. This method of lighting warfare would soon be known across as blitzkrieg and would terrify Germany's enemies for the next six years. But why did Germany invade Poland in 1939? And what revolutionary methods of warfare did they implement through the course of this campaign? Robert M. Kennedy, a major in the United States army, uncovers this famous invasion in step-by-step analysis from the Polish-German relations prior to the war through to the lessons learnt by the German military forces once the Polish people had been subdued. Through the course of this work Kennedy explores the complicated diplomacy that developed between Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia behind the back of Poland, as well as the ineffectual policy appeasement from Britain and France that left Poland helpless in the face of two aggressive neighbors. Kennedy fully explains military capabilities of both Germany and Poland in 1939 and explains why Nazi forces were able to utterly overcome their eastern neighbor in such a short amount of time. The German Campaign in Poland is essential reading for anyone interested in learning about the first battles of the Second World War and how the Nazi military force quickly became feared across the globe. This account was written by Maj. Robert M. Kennedy under the direction of the chief of the Special Studies Division, Office of the Chief of Military History. It was first published in 1956.

30 review for The German Campaign in Poland (1939)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kelley

    Don’t bother with this sorry book If you are looking for an authoritative account of the Battle for Poland in World War 2, this IS NOT that book. If you are looking for a wartime account that skillfully blends moving personal, crisp wartime narratives through the events this DEFINITELY IS NOT that book. If you are looking for a book that boringly drones on and on and on about fact after fact after fact this IS that book. There is no redeeming quality to this book. I started this book 18 months ag Don’t bother with this sorry book If you are looking for an authoritative account of the Battle for Poland in World War 2, this IS NOT that book. If you are looking for a wartime account that skillfully blends moving personal, crisp wartime narratives through the events this DEFINITELY IS NOT that book. If you are looking for a book that boringly drones on and on and on about fact after fact after fact this IS that book. There is no redeeming quality to this book. I started this book 18 months ago and stopped it a third of the way through. I picked it up again three days ago hoping I could find a redeemable quality in the years since. I didn’t. My advice, don’t waste your time on this useless book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Arthur

    This book is written for the US army as a study of a military campaign (and its origins). It covers the equipment, key players and strategies employed. It wasn't intended for the general public per se. The author, in the forward, asserted that interviews where conducted with former Nazi military officials about ge planning and execution of the Polish campaign, and indeed the organization and planning are very detailed. However it appears that he also suffered from the bias of not interviewing any This book is written for the US army as a study of a military campaign (and its origins). It covers the equipment, key players and strategies employed. It wasn't intended for the general public per se. The author, in the forward, asserted that interviews where conducted with former Nazi military officials about ge planning and execution of the Polish campaign, and indeed the organization and planning are very detailed. However it appears that he also suffered from the bias of not interviewing any Poles officials, as he reasserts the Nazi propoganda myth of Polish cavalry charging tanks at the skirmish at Krojanty. Although the planning phase is covered in depth parts of the actual invasion are skimmed through. The time frame between September 4th and 17th is covered in less than twenty pages. Its a nice read but far from a definitive account. Rating 3.8.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Richard Brylczyk

    Too detailed Enormous amount of detail on organization of German and Polish forces at the start of the war. Some detail on the strategy and tactics employed by the Germans in the war. The beginning of the book set the stage for the politics and history leading up to the war. Way too much organizational detail to read well. If you are interested in a clear historical text on the war, this is not your book. If you want detailed, sometimes painfully detailed, descriptions of the armies' organization Too detailed Enormous amount of detail on organization of German and Polish forces at the start of the war. Some detail on the strategy and tactics employed by the Germans in the war. The beginning of the book set the stage for the politics and history leading up to the war. Way too much organizational detail to read well. If you are interested in a clear historical text on the war, this is not your book. If you want detailed, sometimes painfully detailed, descriptions of the armies' organizations, this is the book for you.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chet Slonina

    Excellent history about the prelude to the blitzkrieg used by Germany to defeat Poland. Top heavy in detail but gold laden in facts, I found it to be a stark reality of the times. A book that certainly increases your knowledge on both sided of the coin as aggressor and defender are both presented with facts.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Gary Warne

    This is a view of the German campaign in Poland, Sept. 1939 from 5,000 feet. Lots of minutiae but you can't smell the gunsmoke. Everything is indistinct but everything is included. If you just need the foundation of the German-Polish conflict that launched World War Two, this is a good start. It rates only 2 1/2 stars but they don't do halves so it got 3. This is a view of the German campaign in Poland, Sept. 1939 from 5,000 feet. Lots of minutiae but you can't smell the gunsmoke. Everything is indistinct but everything is included. If you just need the foundation of the German-Polish conflict that launched World War Two, this is a good start. It rates only 2 1/2 stars but they don't do halves so it got 3.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Wesley Thomas

    Informative This book, though short and general in details, was a good read and gives a general understanding of the campaign in Poland. A good way to spend time to get a better, basic understanding of German tactics and strategy.

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