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World War II

September 1, 2009

Nazi Germany's invasion of Poland on Sept. 1, 1939, precipitated the beginning of World War II. Soon after, Great Britain and France declared war on Hitler's regime, plunging the continent into chaos.

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Following the signing of a pact between Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia, German troops tore through the old tollgates on the border with Poland on Sept. 1, 1939, to launch what would be the first assault of World War II. The attack had come without warning or declaration of war. Europe remembers, and mourns, the assault 70 years on.

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