Government Documents

Topic: Germany Invades Poland

     On September 1, 1939, Germany invaded Poland, marking the official start of the Second World War. Sixteen days later, Russia invaded Poland from the east. By the end of September, Poland had succumbed to the dual attacks. The nation was devided between Russia and Germany according to boundaries established in a secret clause of a nonaggression pact between the two nations had signed the previous week. Although Polish military forces were overcome, a strong Polish resistance existed throughout the duration of the war.  - National Archives

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