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Old 30 July 2017, 20:30
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First Skirmish of WWII in Europe - Danzig Post Office

Really interesting story about the postal employees that defended the Danzig Post Office against repeated Nazi assaults.

The article claims this was the first skirmish of the Second World War in Europe.

The Germans attacked from two different directions, even entering the building, but were repelled soon after. During the frontal attack, two besiegers were killed, and seven were wounded. The attack from the rear was also repelled successfully.

The ineffective charge left the Germans in awe. But during their second attack, the group was better organized, and some Nazi supporters volunteered to assist them. Also, the armored vehicles were put to use.

The leader of the group, Konrad Guderski, died during the second attack, by blowing himself up with a hand grenade to slow down the German advance through the building. The attack itself failed, as the rest of the Poles managed to drive out the Germans, even though their commanding officer had been killed.

It's important to keep these stories from being lost to history.
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Old 30 July 2017, 23:14
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In the mid-1930s Hitler tried to talk Poland into an alliance against Russia. Poland was already an ally of Japan at the time. The Poles refused to play along because they didn't want to provoke the Soviets. Instead, they provoked the Germans, who wound up cutting a deal with the Soviets to carve up Poland. One of those big what-ifs is how things could have gone down differently if Poland and Germany had been military allies in 1939 instead of enemies. Making that what-if even bigger is that a big chunk of the Holocaust occurred in German-occupied Poland.
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