This is most likely the first photo of a KIA in World War II. This German soldier was killed on the first day of the German invasion of Poland, September 1, 1939, precisely at Hill 179, near Chojnice.

This is most likely the first photo of a KIA in World War II. This German soldier was killed on the first day of the German invasion of Poland, September 1, 1939, precisely at Hill 179, near Chojnice.

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World War II: The Invasion of Poland and the Winter War - In Focus - The Atlantic
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At 4.45 am on 1 September 1939 the German battleship Schleswig-Holstein opened fire on the Polish garrison of the Westerplatte Fort, Danzig (modern-day Gdansk), in what was to become the first military engagement of World War Two. Simultaneously, 62 German divisions supported by 1,300 aircraft commenced the invasion of Poland.    The decision of Adolf Hitler to invade Poland was a gamble.

At 4.45 am on 1 September 1939 the German battleship Schleswig-Holstein opened fire on the Polish garrison of the Westerplatte Fort, Danzig (modern-day Gdansk), in what was to become the first military engagement of World War Two. Simultaneously, 62 German divisions supported by 1,300 aircraft commenced the invasion of Poland. The decision of Adolf Hitler to invade Poland was a gamble.

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World War II begins in 1939 / Germany attacked Poland on September 1, 1939
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World War II Erupts: Color Photos From the Invasion of Poland, 1939. Jewish women and children in Gostynin, Poland, after the German invasion, 1939.

World War II Erupts: Color Photos From the Invasion of Poland, 1939. Jewish women and children in Gostynin, Poland, after the German invasion, 1939.

Polish nurse caught by the Germans during the invasion of Poland, Sept 1939.

Polish nurse caught by the Germans during the invasion of Poland, Sept 1939.

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World War II Erupts: Color Photos From the Invasion of Poland, 1939 | LIFE.com

World War II Erupts: Color Photos From the Invasion of Poland, 1939 | LIFE.com

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World War II Erupts: Color Photos From the Invasion of Poland, 1939 | LIFE.com

World War II Erupts: Color Photos From the Invasion of Poland, 1939 | LIFE.com

World War II Erupts: Color Photos From the Invasion of Poland, 1939 | LIFE.com
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