September 1st, 1939 (end of Axis turn)
On the morning of September 1st, with the expiration of the ultimatum sent earlier to the Polish government, OKW ordered Fall Weiss to be implemented immediately. Clearly, France and the United Kingdom, who have shown in the last three years that they do not really have the will to fight, will not come to the help of such a distant ally. The German invasion was spearheaded by a panzer corps and a motorised corps (whose ongoing reorganisation into a panzer corps was delayed until after the Polish campaign) and no less than five bomber groups.
Polish land forces were usually no match for the Heer and all three cavalry corps of the Polish army, as well as the Modlin Army near Prussia, where annihilated in the first few days of the invasion. Poznan was taken after some heavy fighting, but Krakow managed to resist the first German assault. Despite the good news coming from all over the front, OKH is not quite satisfied as the attempt to cut Poland in two and isolate the enemy units between Warsaw and Poznan failed. All army commanders in the area seem to blame each other for the failure. This will complicate the upcoming planed assault on Warsaw in the next few days.
But the most interesting news came on September 3rd, when after the usual ultimatum, France and the United Kingdom (and eventually its Dominions), did actually dare to declare war on the Reich! However, Abwehr is positive that the Allies do not plan any attack soon on the Western borders.
Nonetheless, OKM ordered two U-boat flotillas, including one with top-of-the-line type VIIC U-boats, to set sail and hunt Allies shipping, while OKL ordered the bombing of Lyon as a symbolic measure to show the French who they are up against! German intelligence managed to intercept some low priority and less protected French transmission confirming that Lyon sustained surprisingly heavy damage, much more than expected by OKL.
The Italian government is monitoring the situation and Comando Supremo ordered some reorganisation of Italy’s forces on the borders and in the Mediterranean. Rumor has it in Rome that Italy will not jump in with wither side until it gets a clearer view or the balance of forces.
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