On the 1st of September 1939 the German army under the command of Chancellor Adolf Hitler launched the invasion of Poland, thus triggering the beginning of World War II.
The battle for Poland lasted about one month before a Nazi victory but that invasion plunged the world into a war which lasted 6 years for many and claimed millions of lives.
The armed forces in Britain and France were immediately mobilized in response. Many Polish towns were bombed and Danzig (Gdansk) fell under German control.
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It is interesting to note that excerpts from Hitler's proclamation to Germans citizens were read aloud on that first day of September's BBC program, revealing his objectives whilst in London preparations for war were under way: Queen Elizabeth visited the Women's Voluntary Service and the evacuation of the children started. Additionally the BBC bulletin called for all emergency services personnel to report for duty immediately.
Although many of these evacuees returned home within a few months, some never would as there were no home to return to.
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Two days later at At 1115 BST the Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, announced the British deadline for the withdrawal of German troops from Poland had expired.
Mr Chamberlain continued: "I have to tell you now that no such undertaking has been received and consequently this country is at war with Germany."
According to the Guinness Book of Records, "the most costly war in terms of human life was World War II (1939–45), in which the total number of fatalities, including battle deaths and civilians of all countries, is estimated to have been 56.4 million, assuming 26.6 million Soviet fatalities and 7.8 million Chinese civilians were killed.
The country which suffered most in proportion to its population was Poland, with 6,028,000 or 17.2 per cent of its population of 35,100,000 killed."
Today experts believe 50-70 million people were killed in as a direct result of World War 2.
Something to think of as we listen to broadcast news and hear of wars in so many places on this little planet!
Finally, I wonder how many recognize this young WATS?
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In the meantime, today is LABOUR DAY in the USA and many families get together to celebrate the last few days of Summer!
So to friends and neighbours, HAPPY LABOUR DAYS FOLKS!