World War II begins in 1939 / Germany attacked Poland on September 1, 1939
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01 Sep 39: Germany invades Poland. For most European countries, this day marks the beginning of World War II. More: http://scanningwwii.com/a?d=0901&s=390901 #WWII

01 Sep 39: Germany invades Poland. For most European countries, this day marks the beginning of World War II. More: http://scanningwwii.com/a?d=0901&s=390901 #WWII

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World War 2  This war fought in Europe, North Africa and Asia started in 1939 with the invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany and ended in 1945 with the dropping of two atomic bombs on Japan. It was the largest armed conflict in history.

World War 2 This war fought in Europe, North Africa and Asia started in 1939 with the invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany and ended in 1945 with the dropping of two atomic bombs on Japan. It was the largest armed conflict in history.

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Hitler used this principle of lying to his own people to initiate an invasion. He told the people of Germany that Poland had attacked first and staged fake attacks against German targets. The Germans, convinced they were being threatened, followed Hitler into Poland and into World War 2.

Hitler used this principle of lying to his own people to initiate an invasion. He told the people of Germany that Poland had attacked first and staged fake attacks against German targets. The Germans, convinced they were being threatened, followed Hitler into Poland and into World War 2.

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Lt. George McGovern, U.S. Army Air Force 1943-45, WW II. Drafted 1943, assigned to flight school and commissioned when he earned his wings. Bomber pilot over Austria, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Hungary, Poland, and northern German-controlled Italy as part of the U.S. strategic bombing campaign in Europe. Earned Distinguished Flying Cross and three Air Medals. U.S. Senator (D-SD) 1963-81.

Lt. George McGovern, U.S. Army Air Force 1943-45, WW II. Drafted 1943, assigned to flight school and commissioned when he earned his wings. Bomber pilot over Austria, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Hungary, Poland, and northern German-controlled Italy as part of the U.S. strategic bombing campaign in Europe. Earned Distinguished Flying Cross and three Air Medals. U.S. Senator (D-SD) 1963-81.

Gerda Steinhoff (29 January 1922 – 4 July 1946) born in Danzig-Langfuhr (Polish: Wrzeszcz), was a Nazi concentration camp overseer following the 1939 German invasion of Poland.

Gerda Steinhoff (29 January 1922 – 4 July 1946) born in Danzig-Langfuhr (Polish: Wrzeszcz), was a Nazi concentration camp overseer following the 1939 German invasion of Poland.

Adolf Hitler persuaded many Germans with his speeches. His great speaking ability, influenced the minds of many people to follow his evil ways.

Adolf Hitler persuaded many Germans with his speeches. His great speaking ability, influenced the minds of many people to follow his evil ways.

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The side of a troop train headed to Poland bears caricatures of Jews and the message, "We are going to Poland to thrash the Jews."

The side of a troop train headed to Poland bears caricatures of Jews and the message, "We are going to Poland to thrash the Jews."

World War II Erupts: Color Photos From the Invasion of Poland, 1939:  Near Warsaw, fall 1939; sign points to the battle front. Wow seeing it in color makes it feel like it's breaking news and the sun always shining makes it feel so normalized.  It definitely changes my perspective.

World War II Erupts: Color Photos From the Invasion of Poland, 1939: Near Warsaw, fall 1939; sign points to the battle front. Wow seeing it in color makes it feel like it's breaking news and the sun always shining makes it feel so normalized. It definitely changes my perspective.

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