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Where the War Began... by DarkWizard83 Where the War Began... by DarkWizard83
Last January, I shuttled around Central and Western Europe as part of a World War II travel and seminar course. I brought back several pictures, along with more than a few history lessons...

This structure was ground zero for the Second World War, the wooden radio tower in Gliwice, Poland. In 1939, the town and tower were part of German territory along the border with Poland - and played a key role in Hitler's September invasion. In order to justify the Nazi blitzkrieg into its eastern neighbor, the SS had several convicts - in exchange for their freedom - dress in Polish military uniforms and use Polish weapons to stage a takeover of this tower, where they would broadcast a "Polish" declaration of war against Germany. The operation was a success, and after an hour or so the convicts decided to leave and claim their promised reward. They received it in the form of a platoon of SS soldiers and several hundred submachinegun rounds. The next day, the Nazi-controlled German press published frontpage stories of the SS platoon's valiant retaking of the tower from the "Polish invaders." And the war was on...

More than 60 years on, the tower is gated off but in surprisingly good condition, and aside from our tour bus the road it was by had zero traffic on it. I guess its due to a lack of tourism for what otherwise may be considered the most important and consequential structure to both World War II and the 50 years after...
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Taytonclait Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Proof that I went from front to back!

It was the tanks that entertained me the most!
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DarkWizard83 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2007
Lol, that must've taken some time. Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed it!
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blarg134 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2007
dam evil radio tower it's all you fault
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RobertLaszloKiss Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2007  Student Artist
The cars were definitely nice but the tanks, and war stuff is just awesome. U have awesome pictures in your gallery, and this pic was a nice finale :)
Keep them WW II pics coming!
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JanBoruta Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2006  Student General Artist
Browsing your gallery of 700+ photos was a good idea.

I never knew you've been to Poland! ;)

(and the rest of Europe ;))
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DarkWizard83 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2006
Thanks! I had a great time in the Czech Republic and Poland in particular, it was really great to see so many countries in just a few days. :)
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Faithie77 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2006
that's awesome.
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SamBlob Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2006
This is too solemn a monument to not :+fav:

And now I am glad to have made it to the end of your gallery. :faint:
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DarkWizard83 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2006
Thanks! I hope you enjoyed your tour. :D
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SamBlob Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2006
You're welcome. I did! :D
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