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Tragically at the outset of World War II the force that was part of the Army of Cracow was parcelled out into 15 independent companies and attached to infantry and cavalry formations and never used as a formed armoured brigade against the Germans. Maczek managed to evade capture at the end of the campaign and reach France where he commanded an armoured brigade. BLITZKRIEG B-1 T heJu87,Universallyknown as the Stuka from acronym for Sturzkampfflugzeug - developed a reputation as an awesome instrument of war during the Polish campaign.

RIGHT: Polish artillerymen prepare to ride into action with their howitzer. The Polish A r m y was modernising its w e a p o n s and equipment in 1 9 3 9 . General von Schwedler formed weak bridgeheads across the Vistula at Annapol and Solec on September 14. The ad hoc formation of the Lublin Army was now in no condition to oppose them. The major threat was however to the south where the 14th Army had crossed the River San, reached Lvov and so cut off a withdrawal route to the south east for the Carpathian Army and any other Polish forces that might attempt to escape to Hungary and Romania.

BELOW: French soldiers on the Maginot Line with a grenade thrower and Chatellerault M l 9 2 4 / 2 9 LMG. THE RUSSO GERMAN PACT 1939 T h e pact ensured that : 1) Neither party would attack the other. 2) Should one of them become the object of belligerent action by a third power the other party would in no manner lend its support to this third power. 3) Neither Germany nor Russia would join any grouping of Powers whatsoever aimed directly or indirectly at the other party. A secret protocol identified spheres of interest in Poland and the Baltic; the USSR had claims on Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania with the northern border of Lithuania as a diving line.

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