Appropriately enough the first shots of World War II were fired in Poland. While not alone in its devastation by the Second World War, Poland, unfortunately, got some of the worst. Its precarious position between Germany and the Soviet Union proved extremely detrimental. Warsaw was destroyed by Germans coming from the west and Gdansk was destroyed by Soviet soldiers from the east.
Probably the most surprising thing, however, is how that legacy of destruction is still evident in Poland today. There are still many buildings that haven’t been rebuilt and on the ones that have, the new brick is evident next to the old.
Destroyed buildings in front of the rebuilt city of Gdansk.