Poland timeline

  • Battle of Vienna

    The Battle of Vienna took place on 11 and 12 September 1683 after Vienna had been besieged by the Ottoman Empire for two months. It was a battle of... Read more

  • Polish-Soviet War

    In the Polish-Soviet War (1920–1921), the Soviets battled the Poles all the way back to Warsaw, but Polish forces eventually drove the Soviets out... Read more

  • German/Russian occupation of Poland

    This article deals with the occupation of Poland by Germany and the Soviet Union during the Second World War (1939–1945). In the beginning of the... Read more

  • Hitler renounces German-Polish Non-Agression Pact

    The German-Polish Non-Aggression Pact was an international treaty between Nazi Germany and the Second Polish Republic signed on January 26, 1934.... Read more

  • Gleiwitz Incident

    The Gleiwitz incident was a staged attack by Nazi forces posing as Poles on 31 August 1939, against the German radio station Sender Gleiwitz in... Read more

  • Battle of Mława Begins

    The Battle of Mława, otherwise known as the Defence of the Mława position, took place to the north of the town of Mława in northern Poland between... Read more

  • Battle of Westerplatte

    The Battle of Westerplatte was the very first battle that took place after Germany invaded Poland and World War II began in Europe. During the... Read more

  • Battle of Mława

    At noon on September 1, 1939 the Polish line of defence manned by the 20th Infantry Division was attacked by the 1st Army Corps under General... Read more

  • Slovak Forces Begin Attack on Poland in Concert with Nazi Invasion

    The attack started on September 1, 1939 at 05:00. The 1st division occupied the village Javorina, town Zakopane and continued toward Nowy Targ... Read more

  • Battle of Mokra

    On September 1, at 0500, the German Tenth Army of Army Group South crossed the Polish border and initiated the invasion of Poland. The German 31st... Read more

  • Defense of the Polish Post Office in Danzig

    At 04:00 Germans cut the phone and electricity lines to the building. At 04:45, just as the German battleship Schleswig-Holstein started shelling... Read more

  • Charge at Krojanty

    In the early morning hours of September 1, 1939, military forces of Nazi Germany invaded Poland. Later that day, events unfolded that would lead to... Read more

  • Fall Weiss: Germany Attacks Poland - First Battle of World War 2

    Fall Weiss ("Case White", German spelling Fall Weiß) was a German strategic plan for a war with Poland prepared before 1939 and put into action on... Read more

  • Bombing of Wieluń

    The bombing of Wieluń refers to the indiscriminate bombing of the Polish town of Wieluń by the German Luftwaffe on 1 September 1939, five minutes... Read more

  • Battle of Grudziądz

    Battle of Grudziądz was a military engagement between German and Polish forces during the Invasion of Poland in 1939. It started on September 1 and... Read more

  • Battle of Wizna

    On September 1, 1939, the Polish Defensive War and World War II started. The German 3rd Army was to advance from East Prussia towards Warsaw,... Read more

  • Siege of Warsaw (1939)

    The 1939 Battle of Warsaw was fought between the Polish Warsaw Army (Armia Warszawa) garrisoned and entrenched in the capital of Poland (Warsaw)... Read more

  • Battle of Wola Cyrusowa

    The first Polish units to reach the area, that is the Wołyńska Cavalry Bde and the 30th Infantry Division were ordered to secure the area in order... Read more

  • Battle of Gdynia

    The German offensive isolated the Polish coast from the Polish mainland between 4 and 8 September, and Armia Pomorze was forced to retreat... Read more

  • Battle of the Bzura Begins as Germany Invades Poland

    The Battle of the Bzura (or Kutno or Battle of Kutno — German name) was a battle in the opening campaign of World War II during the 1939 German... Read more

  • Germany Begins Assault on Polish Forces in Hel

    Hel was the target of air attacks from the first day of the campaign (1 September). The German army forced Polish units of Armia Pomorze to... Read more

  • Polish Forces of General Stanisław Maczek Hold German Forces at Jarosław

    Contrary to most other Polish armies during the Polish Defensive War of 1939, the Kraków Army managed to withstand the initial German assault on... Read more

  • German Forces Begin Siege of Lvov

    Initially, the town of Lwów was not to be defended as it was considered too deep behind the Polish lines and too important to Polish culture to be... Read more

  • Battle of Modlin

    The Battle of Modlin took place during the German invasion of Poland at the beginning of the Second World War. Modlin Fortress was initially the... Read more

  • German Forces Begin Attack on Fortress of Brześć

    On 14 September 77 German tanks of the 2nd Battalion of the 8th Panzer Regiment, part of 10th Panzer Division, reached the area of Brześć and tried... Read more