The Russians are Coming! - WW2 - 004 September 22 1939

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Indiana Jones : The Russians are coming, the Germans will say that again later in this war

MrRenegadeshinobi : How long until the battle of the Isonzo River starts up again?

felidiusz : 1:29 Oh, Indy, its really nice to hear somebody who tell the truth instead of russian propaganda about collaborations of Russia and Germany in early state of WW II. Huge respect for that!

Reptile : This is getting out of hand, now there are two of them! -the Polish probably

Hanz Fenzel : The man made famine in Ukraine by Stalin killed 5-6 million. Stalin was just as bad as hitler. Authoritarian regimes only cause death and destruction.

Joe Hermann : Since 1772 there was a consensual tradition between Germans and Russians that Poland does not exist. Both Nations may have their differences, but they could always agree on that.

GeneralVikus : Views on World War Two videos seem to be already surpassing Great War videos of the same age - a fantastic start!

Παυλος Χαραλαμπους : How desperate and outraged the polish must have felt been on their own against the Germans and the Soviets...

Inspect History : Hi Indy! Great documentary video as always 🤓 I'm your fan from Indonesia! 😇

Graf Zeppelin : During the invasion of Poland Hitler wanted to use the area of the Carpathian mountains that Hungary controlled. The Hungarian government based on their long-standing good relationship with Poland refused to let the Germans through and allowed tens of thousands of Polish refugees and soldiers to escape and join the French in Syria. For a time this area was also used by British and Polish intelligence agents. Now there is a day in both countries on which the two celebrate their friendship. (The Polish-Hungarian friendship is celebrated on the 23rd of March each year)

Mug 'o Hot Cocoa : Love how you drop the phone at the beginning of each episode. I just joined the channel last week and I can’t wait. This should be a fun ride.

Lack of Gravitas : Thing aren't looking good for the Poles

Bolloggfisch : QUICK SUMMARY 16.9. Warsaw is surrounded, but refuses to surrender. 17.9. Soviet troops invade Poland, the French stop their small skirmishes at the border, HMS Courageous is sunk (518 dead), the first Battle of Changsha begins. 18.9. The President and the Marshal of Poland enter Romania. 19.9. Soviet troops advance to the Hungarian border and meet up with the Germans. 20.9. Hitler enters Danzig. 21.9. SS-emergency conference in Berlin about the plans to concentrate the Polish Jews in ghettos. QUICK RECAP 8.9. The Siege of Warsaw began, 200 Jews were burnt in a synagogue. 9.9. Germany blamed the deaths on the 8th^ on local Poles and executed 30 of them, the IV. Panzer division was beaten back at Warsaw, but a ruthless bombing campaign began. 10.9. Canada declared war on Germany! 14.9. German forces entered Przemysl, 43 of the leading Jewish citizens were arrested, beaten and shot. 15.9. Armistice between the Soviet Union and Japan.

Jovan Weismiller : I just want to remark that for a channel with only three people working on it, you guys are doing a bangup job!

The Man Behind The Mask : Baptised in fire 40:1

Vulcan Joe : My grandfather served as a Polish solider during WW2 - and to his deathbed he would say as much bad as the SS did to his people, he hated the Russians nearly twice as much. How the Russians got away with their war crimes in Poland is ridiculous.

Respector Of Women : I'm 14 right now, its weird to think that by the time this show ends I'll be a grown man.

Антон Костов : And the question arises .... why didn't France and the UK declare war on the USSR?

DigitalVirusX2 : Y'know, as a Polak born in Krakow, these episodes are a real kick in the balls, but I need to watch this, can't avert my eyes to the horrors of the past, need to learn from it.

Kev : I think that it is important to note, that Soviet Russia attacked Poland, without a declaration of war, braking non-aggression pact and the treaty of Riga

Fancyfish : How has everyone’s week been?

Caleb Keane : Just signed up for patreon to make a monthly donation finally, I've been meaning to do it for a while just haven't gotten around to it, I encourage others to do the same as it really gave me a sense of having done the right thing as I feel this channel does a lot of good. Thank you for your great work on this channel and The Great War.

Mikhail Bychkov : I was going to put a witty comment about the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact but I think this image does it better then I ever could:

Brian Garrow : Poor 🇵🇱. Stuck between two goliaths. As my father said, the Poles were stuck between that proverbial rock and hard place.

PatrykCXXVIII : Nooooooooo! Not Armand Călinescu, my favourite HoI4 character. :( Damn you hashtag Romanians! Also II Rzeczpospolita Polska rip. :( The best part of this show is that it reports accurate WW2 news from 79 years ago week by week. The worst part is for the next 6 years it'll rarely be good news. :/ Keep it up, as history no matter how harsh or shitty shouldn't be forgotten. Soon, 30.09.1939 (Or 28.09.1939, I couldn't determine which date is true.) Polish radio will transmit it's last message read by Józef Małgorzewski followed up with Polish anthem(Mazurek Dąbrowskiego): "Halo, halo, czy nas słyszycie? To nasz ostatni komunikat. Dziś oddziały niemieckie wkroczyły do Warszawy. Braterskie pozdrowienia przesyłamy żołnierzom walczącym na Helu i wszystkim walczącym, gdziekolwiek się jeszcze znajdują. Jeszcze Polska nie zginęła. Niech żyje Polska!" EN(Translated by me, so... yeah. xd): "Halo, halo, can you hear us? It's our last message. Today, German troops entered Warsaw. We send fraternal greeting to soldiers fighting on Hel and to anyone still fighting wherever they are. Poland is not yet lost. Long live Poland!" (Apparently there was English version read by Jeremi Przybora and French one read by Maria Stpiczyńska, but I couldn't find any recordings of that. Source:,Polskie-Radio-w-1939-roku-pozegnanie-ze-sluchaczami )

Qwetery : Stalin : "I will just let the wehrmacht park near my border. What could possibly go wrong?"

KommandoCraft : Reinhard Heydrich, the definition of "literally worse than Hitler"

Doc Tar : I imagine all those Poles sent to Katyn felt grateful for Stalin's "protection."

Luka Balic : The British are coming!The British are cooming!whooops wrong war. The Russians are coming!The Russians are coming!

TheRedBaron : It's going to be hell once you get to Yugoslavia.

Monsieur Z : #RooseveltStalinPossibleCollusion

Josh Gao : And so, the Poles are spitroasted again, and the horrors of war continue.

mixererunio : Good thing you don't repeat russian lies and openly say Russians were invaders

Dezső Kaffantó : mention that Hungary opened it's border for the polish refugees in spite of we were Hitler's allie who gave us back huge territories which we lost in an "other"(spoiler alert) war

Windshield Washer Cocktail : So used to Indy saying "Falkenhayn" after "Erich von" I was caught off-guard for a split-second when he continued with "Manstein". Great work by the way, keep it up!

Pirusiandres : Indy was receiving a call from himself back in 1918. He is a time traveler!

macsporan : The two totalitarian monsters were like bandits dividing up the clothes and cash of someone they just murdered. Poor Poland. Poor Europe.

Purple Corn : When it's a collaboration between two guys named Indiana and Spartacus, you know it's going to be pretty epic

martin sönser : Communism intensifies I smell starvation

Atomic : Things are getting heated up now! Great job Indy and the Team!

redheadstepchild s : I really feel for polish getting attack from both sides but they still fought. Also surprised why the allies didnt declare war on Russia after they attacked poland

CynicalAutist : that phone needs a name... I'll call him Phoney

Sam Aronow : *This Coming Week:* Sep 24: USSR orders Estonia to host Red Army bases Sep 28: Warsaw surrenders Sep 29: Germany and USSR partition Poland, but the Poles are still fighting at Kock

Coraru K : In 4 weeks it's already getting more horrific than WWI. It's an achievement, really.

spitfiresiemion : This reminds me of a family story: some family members lived in what back then was south Poland and they were among the waves of refugees who tried to flee from the incoming Germans. As soon as the word of Soviets attacking came in, most of refugees (my family members included) turned around and started fleeing back towards the Germans, as they were afraid of what the Soviets would do. "Germans are bad, but nowhere near as bad as Soviets" was the common mindset. Memories of Polish-Soviet War still were fairly fresh back then.

Filipp Leshchinski : Please cover the massacre at katlin Forest.

my name is jeff 21 : A phrase nobody wants to hear

Marcus Bierman : Sides at present: Allies-Australia, Bahrain, Canada, France, Nepal, New Zealand, Oman, Poland, South Africa, United Kingdom Axis-Germany, Slovakia, USSR

asdfghjk : It's worth mentioning that Soviet invasion of Eastern Poland was combined with many atrocities against Polish population commited already during millitary phase of operation by Red Army, preceeding further atrocities by NKVD. Poles, despite their currently hopeless position, still tried to defend themselves. Because most of Polish military was on the West, fighting Germans, attempts to defend was executed mostly by civilians, police officers, border guards of KOP (Korpus Obrony Pogranicza), and even boy scouts. Especially worth of remembering is one of few bigger battles of this campaign - defence of city of Grodno 20-24 Sept 1939. Polish military, and civilian volunteers defended bravely for four days. To break the defence Soviets were even attaching polish children outside their tanks, so defenders could not shoot them without killing the kids... Tadeusz Jasinski 13yr old boy equiped only with gasoline bottle, tried to burn Soviet tank. He was captured, and attached to the tank by Soviets. Polish civilans managed to free him, but he passed soon from the wounds. Infuriated by brave defence, Soviets took anger out on civilians. About 300 Polish defenders of Grodno including teenage boy scouts, were murdered by the Soviets after the battle. Soviets tied them up, put them on the street and then run them over with tanks. The streets of city were red from the blood of its defenders. Polish POW's were murdered mercilessly like general Józef Olszyna-Wilczyński, one of commanders of Grodno defence. Soviet invasion started the whole systemical atrocities against polish population targeting most of all members of inteligentsia, former officials, teachers, priests and military members. Many were executed on spots, other arrested and sent to gulags, murdered during prison massacres or during enforced "death marches" to the East, after "Operation Barbarossa" started. The Katyn Massacre is probably best known, because of its specific nature, and preciselly selected group of victims, but it's worth remembering that it was only one piece of much bigger picture. The goal was systematic annihiliation of every Pole who could possibly in the future become a leader, someone respected in their community or better educated. As it was common goal for both of the invaders, 3rd Reich and SU, during whole 1939-1941 period.