As promised that posting on the beginning of the Second World War. No, I am not early - fighting had been going for a couple of days by the time the Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain made that broadcast. I have just been reminded that in the few weeks of fighting the Poles inflicted a good deal on the Germans, who lost around 50,000 men. But, of course, there was the other invasion on September 17, the rounding up of Polish officers and deportation of Polish civilians to Central Asia, whence many emerged in 1943 in unspeakable conditions. But that is for another day.