The purpose of this very valuable addition to the literature on the outbreak of World War II in September 1939 is clear. Roger Moorhouse insists that the heroic resistance of the Poles against German aggression in the West has received too little attention. Indeed, they were the first nation to face Hitler's appetite for an empire, and they paid a heavy price for this decision. By the end of the war, almost six million Poles, half of whom were Polish Jews, had died.
The great strength of this new report lies in the extensive use of Polish sources, which are all too often overlooked when trying to summarize the history of the campaign. Moorhouse insists that, despite the large differences in the number of men and weapons between the opposing sides, the Germans did not have everythin...
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