Beginning on 1 September – the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War and the invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany – the Embassy is publishing facts about the September Campaign. New facts accompanied by archive photographs will appear on Twitter and Facebook every day until the anniversary of the campaign’s conclusion on 6 October.
Based on a broad chronology of the invasion, the campaign is a creative account of the history of the Polish defensive war – its significance, most important battles and events that shaped its course. It paints a picture of the difficult position Poland found itself in, without outside help from its allies, and how it bravely defended itself for five weeks – four weeks longer than Hitler envisaged – despite being outnumbered and outgunned. It will form a comprehensive picture of the atrocities Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union committed on Polish soil and of the Polish effort to stop the invaders from taking away from Poland that which it values the most – its independence.
Follow #80WW2 on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube profiles until 6 October.
To commemorate the anniversary, the exhibition Fighting and suffering. Polish citizens during World War II, curated by the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk in co-operation with Poland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, can be viewed at the National Army Museum (Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London SW3 4HT) until 11 October. The exhibition tells the story of the Polish campaign at the start of the Second World War and the effect of the conflict on the people of Poland.