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Hitler’s Assault – How World War II Began - Part 1-2

August 12, 2014

The shelling of the town of Hel near Gdansk on 1 September 1939 is considered the beginning of the Second World War. But that is not quite correct: the Wehrmacht’s first target was the Polish town of Wieluń.

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No one had expected an attack. Wieluń was just an ordinary Polish town without any military or strategic significance. It was completely destroyed in just a matter of minutes.

Even before the shelling of the Hel Peninsular by the German training ship “Schleswig-Holstein,” which is commonly seen as the official start of the war, a Luftwaffe bomber squadron had left Wieluń in ruins.
75 years after the war began, this two-part documentary is devoted to a little-known attack on a provincial town.



Polish civilians and soldiers talk about the bombing and their flight and expulsion. German soldiers also describe their early experiences of war.
In the German-Polish co-production by Deutsche Welle and TVP Polonia, filmmakers from both countries join forces to chart Hitler's invasion of Poland.



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29.07.2014 DW Feature Foto Dokumentation Doku Heinz Maronde
In 1939, Heinz Maronde was a German soldier. He didn’t know the attack on Wieluń was the start of the war.Image: DW
29.07.2014 DW Feature Foto Dokumentation Doku Jan Tyszler
Janu Tyszler starting school in Wieluń in 1939. No stone of his school was left standing after the bombing.Image: DW
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