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Case White

The Invasion of Poland 1939
Narrated by: Simon Vance
Length: 15 hrs and 31 mins
Categories: History, European

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The German invasion of Poland on 1 September, 1939, designated as Fall Weiss (Case White), was the event that sparked the outbreak of World War II in Europe. The campaign has widely been described as a textbook example of Blitzkrieg, but it was actually a fairly conventional campaign as the Wehrmacht was still learning how to use its new Panzers and dive-bombers. 

The Polish military is often misrepresented as hopelessly obsolete and outclassed by the Wehrmacht, yet in fact it was well-equipped with modern weapons and armor. Indeed, the Polish possessed more tanks than the British and had cracked the German Enigma machine cipher. Though the combined assault from Germany and the Soviet Union defeated Poland, it could not crush the Polish fighting spirit and thousands of soldiers and airmen escaped to fight on other fronts. The result of Case White was a brutal occupation, as Polish Slavs found themselves marginalized and later eliminated, paving the way for Hitler's vision of Lebensraum (living space) and his later betrayal and invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941. 

Using a wide array of sources, Robert Forczyk challenges the myths of Case White to tell the full story of the invasion that sparked history's greatest conflict.

©2019 Robert Forczyk (P)2019 Tantor

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  • 24-11-2019

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Probably more than one need to know, but the Poles never get the respect they should get for having existed between
Germany and Russia. Faced with destruction from both sides, after 70 years Poland has maintained a cultural spirit to
be proud of. This book shows a remarkable amount of fighting by Polish forces faced with the Death Camps or the Gulag
if captured by either side.

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  • T. Marvin
  • 20-02-2020

A suitable tribute.

The invasion of Poland is such a footnote moment in WWII histories, as if it were a simple maneuver and the antiquated Poles charged on horses to their demise. The details here were unsparing and lucid, a great combination of details and narrative. Mr Vance is a master of pronunciation which makes following the characters and places remarkably easy.

The USSR’s actions rarely get any ink, but this is a refreshing change, if one can use that term. At this stage the soviets were essentially an evil axis power. Their actions easily competed with the Nazis in atrocities, and it is more than a little disturbing to see the complicity and craven actions of France and England laid bare. This was an amazingly informative and engaging listen, and required “read” to fully understand the more publicized events that followed. Highly recommended.

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  • Tim Hookham
  • 25-01-2020

Rather drawn out

This book is well spoken but unfortunately it goes into searingly tedious detail which soon loses the readers attention.....