Paper on back:
Light browning right border of photo, some staining on back.
17 x 13.25 cm
Papier sur le dos:
Rousseur bordure droite de la photo, taches sur le revers.
The Siege of Warsaw in 1939 was fought between the Polish Warsaw Army) garrisoned and entrenched in the capital of Poland (Warsaw) and the invading German Army.
It began with huge aerial bombardments initiated by the Luftwaffe starting on September 1, 1939 following the Nazi invasion of Poland. Land fighting started on September 8, when the first German armored units reached the Wola district and south-western suburbs of the city. Despite German radio broadcasts claiming to have captured Warsaw, the initial enemy attack was repelled and soon afterwards Warsaw was placed under siege. The siege lasted until September 28, when the Polish garrison, commanded under General Walerian Czuma, officially capitulated. The following day approximately 140,000 Polish soldiers and troops left the city and were taken as prisoners of war.