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Noticed this interesting reminder today - lest we forget ?

''Eighty years ago today, Germany’s ambassador to Moscow formally requested that the USSR occupy the “sphere of interest” it had been allocated in Poland under the secret provisions of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact. The German invasion, launched on September 1 1939, had gone well, the ambassador said. The Poles were in retreat. Now was the moment for the Soviets to “take a hand” and help their allies to “annihilate the remainder of the Polish Army”.

Stalin needed no encouragement. On September 17, half a million Red Army troops, backed by 5,000 tanks and 2,000 combat aircraft, smashed their way into eastern Poland. Masters of dezinformatsiya, they initially spread the story that they were coming to help their brother Slavs. Some locals fell for it: the mayor of the little town of Złoczów welcomed a Soviet cavalry unit with the traditional gift of bread and salt. He was kicked to the ground and later executed. Other Poles – army officers, landowners, priests – were immediately marked for murder. In some villages, the Soviets lined men up and hauled away any whose hands they deemed too soft.We like to tell ourselves that we won the war; but we didn’t, not really. We joined the fighting to defend the sovereignty of Poland, and we failed. The only real winners were the Communists, who ended up annexing half Europe and yet who, despite the abominations they carried out, are somehow regarded as being morally superior to their Nazi allies. That, in truth, is their greatest victory.
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https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/09/15/80-years-soviet-invasion-poland-western-left-still-playing-apologist/
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There's a new Book and Blockbuster about the Battle of Midway in June 1942. Occasionally the Daily Mail excels itself - here some previously unseen pictures :-

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7642663/The-Battle-Midway-Pictures-capture-decisive-naval-conflict.html
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What an amazing Lady   ;D

"Monique Hanotte was 19 years old in May 1940, when two men walked into her family’s hotel in the Belgian village of Rumes and her life changed forever. It was a fortnight after Germany had invaded Belgium, and the men – a pair of officers from the British Expeditionary Force – had become separated during the retreat towards Dunkirk. They pleaded with Monique’s father, a First World War veteran, and mother to help them get over the French border, just a mile or so away, and evade capture. They dressed the men as coal merchants and walked them past the customs post and into France.

Those officers would prove the first of nearly 140 Allied airmen Monique’s family would rescue over the ensuing years
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https://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/monique-hanotte-teenage-belgian-spy-walked-140-airmen-freedom/
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The Daily Mail excels itself sometimes - many interesting pics re. "Operation Sea Lion", Hitler's planned invasion of Britain in 1940 :-

"Chilling photographs showing the Germans preparing to invade Britain during the Second World War have emerged for the first time. The black and white images show the fleet of armoured landing craft Adolf Hitler had prepared in readiness for a seaborne invasion in 1940. Taken in the English Channel during sea trials, one snap clearly shows the White Cliffs of Dover and its radar stations behind. The never-before-seen photos were taken during the darkest days of the war and are a stark reminder of how close Germany came to invading."

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9073101/Never-seen-pictures-German-forces-prepared-conquer-Britain-1940.html
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