Although the Polish Army would have outnumbered the attacking German army — the Wehramcht — once it had all been mustered, the Germans were met by 17 ill-equipped infantry division. The Poles had just one armored brigade — 660 tanks in all, versus Germany's 2,100. It was during the Invasion of Poland that the last cavalry charge in the history of warfare was made by the Polish horseman against German tanks.
"Friends" soon to be bitter enemies: German and Soviet troops meet during the German-Soviet invasion of Poland in Sept 1939. Berlin and Moscow divided Poland among themselves. In less than two years after this photo was taken, the Wehrmacht rolled across the Soviet frontier.
World War II: The Invasion of Poland and the Winter War
This was the scene at Holborn Town Hall, in London, England, as officials and mothers tested the reactions of babies to a respirator designed to protect them against poison gas on March 3, 1939. Several babies, all under the age of two, were fitted with the "baby helmets."