Thursday, December 3, 2020

Poland's invasion 1939 - Case White

 Salvete Omnes,

Polish cavalry squadron taking care of their mounts - photo by a Polish officer Narcyz Witczak-Witaczynski


it has been 3 months since the 81st anniversary of the 1939 German & Slovak & Soviet Russia invasion of Poland.

In this season of gift giving and period of extended home stays perhaps one book to consider 'pronto' is the work by Robert Forczyk titled Case White, The Invasion of Poland 1939. 

officers of the cavalry reserve mounted


You can get it at Amazon or a real book store, if open, but this book is a must for a World War II military history aficionado and/or historian. Since the author provides finally not the German and British version of the September 1939 debacle, but a balanced one, based on Polish sources too. Published by Osprey Military Publishing in 2019 it is available as a printed book, kindle or audio-book (I would say in this formt it is a bit long and not easy to listen to, but then all his books World War II  are very dense facts and sources readings).
Lt. Colonel Forczyk, US Army retired, spends time analyzing the cavalry actions of this campaign of World War II, and many a reader will be surprised to see his findings.

Nota bene Mr Forczyk's scholarship puts to shame the famous World War II histories written be Anthony Beevor or John Keagan (who used 'zero' Polish sources and repeated happily the German propaganda and fantasies, while nicely 'forgetting' their own country role and misdeeds in the last global war beginning and path to).
So with Case White the reade may have a fine occasion to learn and study anew[sic!] the real case of the alleged German Blitzkrieg, Soviet stab in the back, and true Polish military response to the onslaught in 1939.


2nd Cavalry Division - one of the regiments' regimental standard with its escort

In fact this book goes against the invented historical narratives of the World War II winners - USA, Russia (previosly USSR) and United Kingdom. 

when in cavalry, there are some duties



I am glad to favor and praise this Osprey publication, since lately many of their books have been curiously on the fantasy & myth side than the actual military history. But then it is my own private opinion -
and while at this, go register on where plenty of excellent articles, dissertations, entire books and other scholarly works are available directly 'libre' from the writers themselves.

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