Disinfo: September 17, 1939, did not change the course of the war for Poland in a significant way

Summary

Regardless of how disappointed we felt, September 17, 1939 [beginning of the Soviet attack at Poland], was not a date that changed the course of the war in some significant way for Poland. The Polish army defended itself in a heroic way, but it had outdated military equipment, a terrible command model and the Polish allies were situated too far away.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism and an attempt to erode the disastrous historical consequences of the Soviet attack on Poland in September 1939.

The claim that the Soviet attack on Poland did not have any significant effects on the course of the war for Poland is a cynical attempt to downplay the historical importance of the Soviet participation in the partition of Poland realised together with Nazi Germany.

On August 23, 1939, Nazi Germany and the USSR signed the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact with a Secret Supplementary Protocol, which divided Poland and other Eastern European countries between these two totalitarian powers.

On September 1, 1939, Nazi Germany attacked Poland while the Soviet Union's attack at Poland started on September 17 – in this way, Nazi Germany and the USSR started the implementation of the Secret Supplementary Protocol to the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact.

Read similar examples of the Russian historical revisionism concerning this issue - Signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact thwarted the UK’s expansionist plans in EuropeThe Molotov-Ribbentrop pact did not violate the rights of the Polish stateThe shift of all blame for WWII outbreak at the Ribbentrop-Molotov pact the best example of manipulation of history.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 212
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: Russia, Poland
  • Keywords: Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, USSR, Red Army, Historical revisionism, WWII, Nazi/Fascist

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