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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Sep 2017 12:11 p.m. PST

…Poland, 1939

"It happened in the city of Gdańsk, Poland – formerly the Free City of Danzig. It was not always Polish. It was part of the German Empire until the end of WWI and the signing of the Versailles Treaty. Besides paying substantial reparations, the Germans also had to give up territory.

Poland was founded in the 10th century but was partitioned in 1795 by Austria, Prussia, and Russia. The Poles wanted their country back, but they did not want a landlocked nation.

After WWI the Allies split Germany in half. Poland acquired the well-developed seaport of Danzig which upset the Germans, but the Allies did not care. As far as the victors were concerned, Germany should have thought of that before marching through neutral Belgium and Luxembourg to attack France…"
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