- Paperback: 198 pages
- Publisher: Hippocrene Books (September 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 087052013X
- ISBN-13: 978-0870520136
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,025,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Polish Campaign 1939 Paperback – September, 1991
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All of these myths are wrong. The Polish air force was scattered deliberately before the war broke out, so that it would not -- and was not -- destroyed on the ground. Polish cavalry never attacked the Germans with horses. The story that the captured Polish cavalrymen rapped on the sides of German tanks, thinking they were cardboard, is a myth, invented by German propagandists and foisted on unsuspecting Italian journalists. The Poles held out for more than a month, despite crushing casualties.
All these facts -- and more -- are told in this book, along with detailed information on the Polish Army's order of battle, equipment, training, and battles. Readers will learn that the Polish cavalry used their horses as transport, were equipped with anti-tank rifles, and fought hard and well. The Polish air force was undone by the breakdown of its communications and loss of pilots and planes in battle, not destroyed on the ground. Vicious street fighting wore down elite German panzer divisions. The Poles showed they could fight and stand up to the German war machine.
All that has been forgotten, undeservedly so. This book makes it all real. It includes the movements of every division, their equipment, training, adn tactics.
The only weakness is that it's a "maps and chaps" history, with very little of the "human side" of the war, which may make it rugged going for someone looking for colorful or shocking anecdotes. But it tells the story of an unjustly forgotten side to the campaign that began World War II. Anyone seriously interested in World War II should read this book.