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September 1, 1939

Seventy years ago this morning, Hitler’s Nazi soldiers attacked Poland with hords reminiscent of Attila, though in the age of flight the world saw its first blitzkrieg. For the next 6 1/2 years, Europe fought, fumbled, lost, regained, and finally rose from the ashes.

Few enough people still live who remember that world war, but, even with the relatively minor Balkan wars of the 1990s, European’s in general don’t seem to want a repeat of that continent-wide bloodbath.

I haven’t checked the news, but I’m sure parts of Poland are remembering (I shan’t use the term “celebrating”) this date; Germany, likely, is trying not to remember.

Blitzkrieg irony

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