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Blitzkrieg Poland (Paperback)

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By Diane Canwell, Jon Sutherland
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9781848843356
Published: 24th November 2010

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These photographs are taken from three unpublished albums featuring the German invasion of Poland in 1939. One set was taken by an SS officer, another by a regular officer and a third by a soldier attached to a medical unit. Included are German units on the move, tanks, artillery and aircraft. There are several shots of recently knocked out Polish vehicles, captured Polish troops and civilians. The shots reflect the rapid pace of the German advance through Poland, some of the cities, towns and villages show signs of heavy fighting, whilst others appear to be untouched. One of the sets show a German unit mounted in fast open cars, heavily armed, speeding through the Polish countryside, another features armoured vehicles and engineers and a third the ambulance teams moving up to the front through devastation and chaos. Throughout there are numerous opportunities to see uniforms in their various guises and how they were actually worn in practice. There are shots of earlier German armour, “antique“ Polish armour and photographs of German troops at rest and preparing to move forward again.

This is an interesting collection of photographs that illustrate some often unseen aspects of the German army of 1939, as well as including the more familiar scenes of the destruction that army caused.

History of War Website

This is a fascinating collection of early wartime images that will no doubt have an appeal to both the historians among you and military modelmakers who are perhaps seeking inspiration.

Military Modelcraft International
 Diane Canwell

About Diane Canwell

Jonathan Sutherland and Diane Canwell have written widely on historical subjects, in particular on military and aviation history, and they have long been fascinated by the history of Norfolk and its military heritage. Among their many books are The RAF Air Sea Rescue Service 1918-1986, The Battle of Jutland and Air War Malta.


 Jon Sutherland

About Jon Sutherland

Jonathan Sutherland and Diane Canwell have written widely on historical subjects, in particular on military and aviation history, and they have long been fascinated by the history of Norfolk and its military heritage. Among their many books are The RAF Air Sea Rescue Service 1918-1986, The Battle of Jutland and Air War Malta.

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