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The Graveyard is full of Indispensable people Richard. Remember all work and no play.......Richard Hargreaves wrote:Sorry Tom, you'll have to explain the phrase "taking it easy". Not in my vocabulary.
Hi Stephan,Stephan H. wrote:Richard,
I received my copy of Blitzkrieg Unleashed and have finished the first three chapters thus far. I have to say I knew nothing of the Polish Campaign, or of the general atmosphere that existed at the time, so your background chapters are fascinating to me. I also appreciate that you do not treat the campaign as simply a matter of tactics and operations, but as something part of the generational fabric between the two combatants shaped by geography and German-Polish culture.
I had an "ah ha" moment when you quoted Stanislaw as saying in 1939 "From today we will dedicate every edition of this newspaper to the coming Grunwald in Berlin."
Not sure if you knew this, but Zhukov had to order the 1st Polish Infantry Division into Berlin to back up the two remaining corps of the 2nd GTA that effectively ran out on infantry. The Polish unit fought there way to the Victory Column. After the war they established a whole new order of medals that included the equivalent to the US Army's Combat Infantry Badge. You can see the photo below. Note the tie between Grunwald and Berlin. I guess Stanislaw was right!
Looking forward to reading the rest of this excellent book!!