Forgotten but essential WWII moment subject of book

Historian and author Tom Shachtman will shed light on World War II’s “phony war” in a talk on Sunday, June 9. Photo by Anne Day

SHARON — Author Tom Shachtman will fill some gaps in the history of World War II on Sunday, June 9, 4 p.m. at the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon.

Shachtman’s new book, “The Phony War,” deals with the period between the German invasion of Poland on Sept. 1, 1939, and the German attack on the Low Countries and France on May 10, 1940.

The period was referred to as the Phony War because there were no traditional military actions taken by the United Kingdom and France against the Germans.

But there was plenty of activity.

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