World War II changed the lives of everyone it touched. It made an impact on both those at the very top as much as it made on those at the bottom. In Europe that meant that everything will change and that absolutely nothing will remain the same as it was before 1939.
When Wehrmacht stormed into Poland on September 1st of 1939 people were amazed with effectiveness and sheer strength of German forces. To be honest who wouldn’t be? But there is difference between ordinary people and governments of many European nations who were dumbfounded by actions of Adolf Hitler and his Nazi machinery. Polish government for example sent at one point cavalry to intercept German tanks invading Polish borders. That’s how some high ranking officials were detached from reality in which they were living.