First to Fight: The Polish War 1939

First to Fight: The Polish War 1939 Review

Drawing for the first time on Polish, German and Soviet sources, First to Fight is the definitive history of the German invasion of Poland, which opened the war in September 1939. Roger Moorhouse provides a dramatic narrative of military events, brought to life by a select cast of generals and politicians, soldiers and civilians from all sides. In the process, First to Fight explodes many of the myths that still surround the campaign and challenge our understanding of how Britain and France entered the war.

Did Britain and France assist their Polish ally to the best of their abilities when the German armies crossed the border on 1 September 1939? While they went to war with Germany, why did they not declare war on the Soviet Union when its troops invaded Poland from the east later in the month? And if the violation of Poland had been the reason to go to war in 1939, how could the Western Allies justify handing the country over on a plate to Stalin in 1945?

Published to tie in with the eightieth anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War, First to Fight explodes many of the myths around what is a shameful chapter in both British and French history, and forensically examines a pivotal moment in the war’s history.

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  • Paul

    First to Fight – Setting the record straightLudwig Podolański had celebrated his 18th birthday on the 2nd August 1939, he could not celebrate with his family, as his unit had been mobilised. By the...

  • Ionia

    Finally, a book that actually explains Poland's attempted defense against Germany, rather than just glossing over it. I really enjoyed this book. It was thoughtfully-written, well-researched, and pres...

  • Dimitri

    By his own estimate, Moorhouses's account of the 1939 invasion must be the richest in Polish sources (and written in English). It would certainly explain the passion felt in judging the flaws & streng...

  • Stefania Dzhanamova

    As the sun rose on September 1, 1939, Hitler’s forces crossed the Polish frontier from the north, west, and south, hurtling forward in their truck and tanks and on foot, while the Luftwaffe scoured ...

  • Kimba Tichenor

    Amateur military history buffs no doubt will find this well-researched study engaging, as it recounts the 1939 Polish campaign which to date has received little coverage in the English literature. Bet...

  • Emmanuel Gustin

    I've read several general histories of WWII in which Poland's war in 1939 was quickly dismissed as a foolish anachronism: Heroic, perhaps, but a badly led, out-of-date effort that was doomed to fast d...

  • Tim Mercer

    An excellent one volume history of the first Polish campaign of World War II. Covers the political positions and maneuvers preceding the outbreak of war through to the collapse and escape of many of t...

  • Donna Hines

    As with much of history, it does seem to repeat itself, and with current affairs, the results are catastrophic and deadly.In this case Poland was fighting a losing battle but they never gave up. Polan...

  • Stephen Robinson

    Roger Moorhouse's First to Fight: The Polish War 1939 is an excellent account of the Polish Campaign. A long overdue book that does justice to Polish points of view which have been long neglected in E...

  • Bates Bland

    Some books have a greater impact than others. Poland 1939 by Roger Moorehouse is an eye-opening book. The book goes into depth on the events surrounding the Nazi invasion of Poland in September 1939....