The Polish State has refused the peaceful settlement of relations which I
desired, and has appealed to arms. Germans in Poland are persecuted with bloody
terror and driven from their houses. A series of violations of the frontier,
intolerable to a great Power, prove that Poland is no longer willing to respect
the frontier of the Reich.
In order to put an end to this lunacy, I have no other choice than to meet force with force from now on. The German Army will fight the battle for the honour and the vital rights of reborn Germany with hard determination. I expect that every soldier, mindful of the great traditions of eternal German soldiery, will ever remain conscious that he is a representative of the National-Socialist Greater Germany.
Long live our people and our Reich!
"Brave and valiant...though they were, the Poles were simply overwhelmed by the German onslaught. This was their - and the world's - first experience of Blitzkrieg: the sudden surprise attack; the fighter planes and bombers roaring overhead, reconnoitering, attacking, spreading flame and terror; the Stukas screaming as they dove; the tanks, whole divisions of them, breaking through and thrusting forward thirty or forty miles in a day; self-propelled rapid-firing heavy guns rolling forty miles an hour down even the rutty Polish roads; the incredible speed of even the infantry, of the whole vast army of a million and a half men on motorized wheels, directed and co-ordinated through a maze of electronic communications consisting of intricate radio, telephone and telegraphic networks. This was a monstrous mechanized juggernaut such as the earth had never seen." (p.827-828)///