Europe From the Monitor archives: Germany invades Poland in 1939, WWII begins

The German invasion of Poland, launched 75 years ago today, started World War II. The Christian Science Monitor reported as it happened.

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This article originally ran in The Christian Science Monitor on Sept. 1, 1939. The German invasion of Poland, 75 years ago today, is generally considered the start of World War II. Both France and Britain declared war two days later. The Soviet Union, having signed a nonaggression pact with Nazi Germany, launched its own invasion of Poland on Sept. 17, effectively divvying Polish territory between Hitler and Stalin.