FIRST TO FIGHT: THE POLISH WAR 1939
Roger Moorhouse in conversation with Saul David
17/09/2020 at 7:00pm
The Second World War began on 1 September 1939, when German tanks, trucks and infantry crossed the Polish border, and the Luftwaffe began bombing Poland’s cities. The Polish army fought bravely but could not withstand an attacker superior in numbers and technology; and when the Red Army invaded from the east the country’s fate was sealed. Poland was the first country to suffer the full murderous force of Nazi persecution. By the end of the war, one in five of its people had perished. First to Fight is the first history of the Polish war for almost half a century. Drawing on letters, memoirs and diaries by generals and politicians, soldiers and civilians from all sides, Roger Moorhouse’s dramatic account of the military events is a story of courage, suffering, and diplomatic betrayal.
Roger Moorhouse is a historian and author specialising in modern German and Central European history, with particular interest in Nazi Germany, the Holocaust and World War Two in Europe.
Saul David is a British academic military historian and broadcaster. He is Professor of Military History at the University of Buckingham and the author of twelve books of military history as well as three historical novels.
First to Fight: The Polish War 1939 by Roger Moorhouse is available to order from your local library or from our festival bookseller The Gutter Bookshop – https://gutterbookshop.con/product-category/dfh20/
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