THE SECOND WORLD WAR
Panzerkampfwagen I Ausf. A,
The Invasion Of Poland,1st September 1939,
5.Kompanie, 4th Panzer Division (2pcs) US$188
Model Dimensions 7cm x 14cm x 6cm
Model Weight 202g
THE INVASION OF POLAND, 1st September 1939
On 1 September 1939, Germany invaded Poland
The invasion was swift and the last Polish pockets of resistance surrendered on 6 October.
The entire campaign had lasted five weeks
and the success of Germany's tanks in the campaign
was summed up in response to Hitler on 5 September:
when asked if it had been the dive bombers
who destroyed a Polish artillery regiment,
Guderian replied, "No, our panzers!"
GA-11A represents a Panzer Division tank from the opening of the war in Poland.
The Panzer I Ausf A represents a fighting vehicle of the 5.
Kompanie while the Panzer I Ausf B (available at a later date)
represents a staff tank of the I. Abteilung,
Panzer Regiment 35.
The 4th Panzer Division, as part of the XVI.
Armeekorps, was one of the first divisions of Heeresgruppe Süd
(Army Group South) to cross the Polish border on September 1st, 1939.
It fought against Polish cavalry at the Battle of Mokra
and was the first German unit to reach Warsaw.
It suffered heavy casualties in its initial direct assault
to take the city and in subsequent attempts
to take the city fighting alongside the Liebstandarte SS Adolf Hitler Regiment.
Later it fought in the Battle of the Bazura (Battle of Kutno),
the largest battle of the Polish campaign.
After Poland, the division fought
against the British Expeditionary Force during the Battle of France
and then on the Eastern Front for the remainder of the war.
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