• Case White

  • The Invasion of Poland 1939
  • By: Robert Forczyk
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 15 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (161 ratings)

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By: Robert Forczyk
Narrated by: Simon Vance
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The German invasion of Poland on 1 September, 1939, designated as Fall Weiss (Case White), was the event that sparked the outbreak of World War II in Europe. The campaign has widely been described as a textbook example of Blitzkrieg, but it was actually a fairly conventional campaign as the Wehrmacht was still learning how to use its new Panzers and dive-bombers. 

The Polish military is often misrepresented as hopelessly obsolete and outclassed by the Wehrmacht, yet in fact it was well-equipped with modern weapons and armor. Indeed, the Polish possessed more tanks than the British and had cracked the German Enigma machine cipher. Though the combined assault from Germany and the Soviet Union defeated Poland, it could not crush the Polish fighting spirit and thousands of soldiers and airmen escaped to fight on other fronts. The result of Case White was a brutal occupation, as Polish Slavs found themselves marginalized and later eliminated, paving the way for Hitler's vision of Lebensraum (living space) and his later betrayal and invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941. 

Using a wide array of sources, Robert Forczyk challenges the myths of Case White to tell the full story of the invasion that sparked history's greatest conflict.

©2019 Robert Forczyk (P)2019 Tantor
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Probably more than one need to know, but the Poles never get the respect they should get for having existed between
Germany and Russia. Faced with destruction from both sides, after 70 years Poland has maintained a cultural spirit to
be proud of. This book shows a remarkable amount of fighting by Polish forces faced with the Death Camps or the Gulag
if captured by either side.

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A suitable tribute.

The invasion of Poland is such a footnote moment in WWII histories, as if it were a simple maneuver and the antiquated Poles charged on horses to their demise. The details here were unsparing and lucid, a great combination of details and narrative. Mr Vance is a master of pronunciation which makes following the characters and places remarkably easy.

The USSR’s actions rarely get any ink, but this is a refreshing change, if one can use that term. At this stage the soviets were essentially an evil axis power. Their actions easily competed with the Nazis in atrocities, and it is more than a little disturbing to see the complicity and craven actions of France and England laid bare. This was an amazingly informative and engaging listen, and required “read” to fully understand the more publicized events that followed. Highly recommended.

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Brilliant Expose..Cannot Recommend Enough

This is a stunning, brilliant work. Poland never gets much credit for putting up a spectacular fight against a vicious invasion by Germany on one front, and also an invasion by Russia on the other. It's truly the most harrowing tale. And Forczyk sets the record straight on several things, the first thing being the Poles were alone in defending themselves. Nobody was coming for them, and they knew it. Germany completely ignored the Versailles treaty and Russia received arms from anyone who would take their gold. And the Western powers didn't want to upset their new ally Russia. It's a twisted tale and countries like Poland paid the ultimate price.

History has continually glossed over the Blitzkrieg as a complete German route. Thank you Robert Forczyk for exposing the lies with a narrative that reads like a thriller. And Simon Vance is at his best. He's always spectacular, but he truly brings the reader into the heart of the action. Cannot recommend this book enough.

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finally! a book detailing the Polish campaign

I've read nearly 300 books on WW2, and have been craving for more blow by blow details on the Polish campaign. Case White checked all the boxes. It is a must read for all WW2 enthusiast. kudos to the narrator for doing a fantastic job

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Excellent comprehensive research

Not only does it dispel many of the myths associated with the German invasion of Poland, it is a great summary of Polish history. Well researched and written.

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Reader's pronunciation made me crazy

This is an excellent, detailed and, apparently, meticulously researched work. The narrator has good voice and reads well. It would have enhanced the performance if he had someone to teach him proper pronunciation of Polish names and words. As a Polish speaker, I found myself occasionally correcting out loud his mispronunciations. In most cases, I could still understand the word or name, but in other instances I was unable to quite make out the name of a person or place, leading to uncertainty to what he was referring.

I certainly understand that Polish can be confusing and intimidating to pronounce. The narrator made a noble effort. He could have used some coaching.

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subpar and biased

Dry, biased, but most of all inconsistent. Autor arrives ať conclusions that do not arise from his oken text.

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A very interesting account of an overlooked front

As a reader of war related and history books, as a student of International Relations i find quite rich and detailed the autor´s account of facts and how it has brought some light of mostly overlooked events for the beginning of World War 2. As a brazillian, information of the polish side during Case White is mostly rare, so appreciated a lot!

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Excellent disposition on the background and context behind the invasion of Poland.

This was a brilliant book that provided a thoroughly detailed background to the political and economic history that preceded the nazi invasion of Poland. It demonstrated a compelling argument that the UK, though a combination of appeasement, bad strategy and outright ineptitude, could have done considerably more - to a lesser extent - deter nazi Germany from invading Poland and much more - to a greater extent - to assist Poland in arming and defending itself. This book has really illuminated Poland’s tragic pre-war struggles to assert its territorial integrity and its heroic efforts to defend itself. Marvelous book.

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Detailed Look at the Invasion of Poland

Examines them basking of Poland in great detail and clears up many misunderstandings and misrepresentations of Case White

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