Woonsocket in Providence County, Rhode Island — The American Northeast (New England)
World War II Begins
Germany introduced the world to blitzkrieg (lightning war) combining ground and air forces in a coordinated, all-out, fast moving offensive. Polish forces fought valiantly and fiercely but were vastly outnumbered by the invaders and were using obsolete weapons and tactics. Rather than assume defensive positions to buy time, they rallied their forces to counterattack the Germans. At one point, Polish troops on horseback hopelessly attacked a German armored column.
Poland's allies Great Britain and France declared war on Germany on September 3, 1939 but did nothing to counter the invasion.
After only three weeks, the Polish capital of Warsaw fell to the German siege and Poland surrendered on September 27, 1939.
Topics. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, World II. A significant day of the year for for this entry is May 31.
Location. 42° 0.445′ N, 71° Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 870 River Street, Woonsocket RI 02895, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battle of the Atlantic (here, next to this marker); Battle of Britain (here, next to this marker); Major John T. Godfrey (here, next to this marker); Pearl Harbor (here, next to this marker); Battle of Midway (here, next to this marker); General George S. Patton, Jr. (here, next to this marker); D-Day (here, next to this marker); Battle of Stalingrad (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Woonsocket.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 6, 2022. It was originally submitted on May 6, 2022, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 48 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 6, 2022, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.