sid guttridge wrote:
Secondly, not a single Polish field division saw action against the Red Army. They were all facing the Germans.
Math is a science so let's count....
Hitler invaded Poland September 1st - last battle was that fought by Operation Group ?Polesie? between 2nd and 5th October. So 35 days, 5 weeks. When you take a date of signing armistice - its September 27th - really 4 weeks.
Now let's look at France. Germany invaded France may 13th the act of capitulation was signed in June 22nd. So it looks like France fought two weeks longer than Poland. The key word is ?fight? ? German march into Paris June 13th - so war was concluded.
BTW - for every nation a capital has special importance ? so should be defended fiercely. Warsaw was defended since 8th till the 27th September. Tell my friend how long Paris was defended? Obviously French didn't want die for Danzig (Gdansk) as Paris as well.
Now about your remark: 'not a single Polish field division saw action against the Red Army. They were all facing the Germans.' Casualties of Red Army were estimated on 10k killed, wounded, missed soldiers. Against Bolsheviks fought mainly KOP units (The Corps of border guard ? Korpus Ochrony Pogranicza) light armored units, but field units! Under command of gen Orlik-Ruckeman the KOP units fought about 40 small clashes and two battles (near Szacko and Wytyczne) They were soldiers, that for sure. Furthermore, 27th September near Wladypol, Novogorod Calvary Brigade under command of gen. Anders (while fought his way through Red Army units to Romania) fought major battle. After the war 242.000 soldiers was Russian POW - almost quarter of all the Army which existed on September 1st 1939. 40.000 of them was subsequently murdered in Katyn, Ostaszkow, Starobielsk.