The War Illustrated No 6 Vol 1 October 21st 1939

162 The War Illustrated October 21 st, 1039 ,After the main Polish armies had fallen aback few heroic soldiers still held out. Here Nazis are firing on a house in a Warsaw suburb already inflames in which Polish soldiers maybe in hiding. Centre aright, party of German soldiers have brought an anti-tank gun into operation against Poli.sti stragglers. Photos, Associated Press o f the waterworks, the electric plant and other public utility services, the military authorities have decided that these disasters, coupled with the lack o f ammu­nition and the impossibility o f obtaining early assistance from the Allies, make it futile to defend the city further, involving as it would the risk o f pestilential diseases as well as the entire destruction of the city, the heroic defence o f which will certainly pass into history. An armistice has, therefore, been agreed upon since noon, and the conditions for the capitula­tion are now being discussed. The most honourable terms are being demanded by the Warsaw military authorities.” For some days past conditions in the capital had been indescribably terrible. Refugees who arrived in Hungary stated that so many people had been k’ lled in the city streets that the task of removing the corpses had been abandoned. The supplies o f food and water had given out. All the principal churches and public buildings were in ruins. Nine hospitals filled with wounded were reported to have been destroyed. The smoke and dust with which the streets were filled made breathing almost impossible. Epic Siege and Fall of Warsaw Stunned by the disaster, this Polish farmer stands at the door of his homestead after it had been bombed by the Nazis. Photo. Keystone History records many a siege sustained against tremendous odds, and to the most glorious o f these must now be added that o f Warsaw. For nearly three weeks Poland capital’s city withstood the furious might o f the German invader, and only capitulated when all but honour was lost. After they had bombed and shelled Warsaw for nearly three weeks, the German High Command on September 27 announced that in future the city would be regarded as a military objective. At the outbreak o f war, said their communique, Warsaw had been considered as an open town and respected accordingly, but it had now been trans­formed into a fortress by the measures of the commander, who had restored the old forts and armed part o f the civil popu­lation ..,The statement was accompanied by an intensification of the attack, and the first line o f forts in the north of the city and the second line of those in the south were captured by the besiegers. Following these assaults the Polish commander offered to surrender the town. The news o f the armistice was con­veyed to the world in the following message broadcast from Warsaw on September 28 :“After 20 days o f heroic defence, after practically the destruction of half the city, and after the destruction p
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