01 Sep 39: Germany invades Poland. For most European countries, this day marks the beginning of World War II. More: http://scanningwwii.com/a?d=0901&s=390901 #WWII

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World War 2 This war fought in Europe, North Africa and Asia started in 1939 with the invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany and ended in 1945 with the dropping of two atomic bombs on Japan. It was the largest armed conflict in history.

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Adolf Hitler persuaded many Germans with his speeches. His great speaking ability, influenced the minds of many people to follow his evil ways.

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A color photograph of the bombed-out historic city of Nuremberg, Germany in June of 1945, after the end of World War II

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The Baltimore News, September 1, 1939: Hitler Opens War, Bombs Polish Cities

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Hitler used this principle of lying to his own people to initiate an invasion. He told the people of Germany that Poland had attacked first and staged fake attacks against German targets. The Germans, convinced they were being threatened, followed Hitler into Poland and into World War 2.

Lt. George McGovern, U.S. Army Air Force 1943-45, WW II. Drafted 1943, assigned to flight school and commissioned when he earned his wings. Bomber pilot over Austria, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Hungary, Poland, and northern German-controlled Italy as part of the U.S. strategic bombing campaign in Europe. Earned Distinguished Flying Cross and three Air Medals. U.S. Senator (D-SD) 1963-81.

Intelligenzaktion was a genocidal action of Nazi Germany targeting Polish elites (primarily intelligentsia – teachers, priests, etc.) as part of elimination of potentially dangerous elements. It was an early measure of the Generalplan Ost. About 60,000 people were killed as the result of this operation. The Intelligenzaktion took place soon after the German invasion of Poland, lasting from fall of 1939 till spring of 1940. It was continued by the German AB-Aktion operation in Poland.

German aerial bombs straddling a road in Poland, Sep 1939 Source United States Library of Congress

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