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At 4.45 am on 1 September 1939 the German battleship Schleswig-Holstein opened fire on the Polish garrison of the Westerplatte Fort, Danzig (modern-day Gdansk), in what was to become the first military engagement of World War Two. Simultaneously, 62 German divisions supported by 1,300 aircraft commenced the invasion of Poland.    The decision of Adolf Hitler to invade Poland was a gamble.

At 4.45 am on 1 September 1939 the German battleship Schleswig-Holstein opened fire on the Polish garrison of the Westerplatte Fort, Danzig (modern-day Gdansk), in what was to become the first military engagement of World War Two. Simultaneously, 62 German divisions supported by 1,300 aircraft commenced the invasion of Poland. The decision of Adolf Hitler to invade Poland was a gamble.

Cinderford Parade 1900 Forest of Dean

Cinderford Parade 1900 Forest of Dean

Danzig, Poland, Hitler Entering as the Victor  Photographs  Film and Photo Archive, Yad Vashem  All rights reserved

Danzig, Poland, Hitler Entering as the Victor Photographs Film and Photo Archive, Yad Vashem All rights reserved

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