|September 1st||Germany invaded Poland. First use of Blitzkrieg. Britain and France gave Germany an ultimatum to get out. Blackout and evacuation plans were put in place in Britain.|
|September 2nd||Chamberlain sent Hitler an ultimatum: withdraw German troops fromPoland or war will be declared. The Luftwaffe gained air superiority over the Polish air force.|
|September 3rd||Germany ignored the ultimatum and Britain and France declared war on Germany. British troops (the BEF) were sent to France.
The passenger liner “Athenia” was sunk by U-30 off of Ireland. 112 of the passengers were killed.
|September 4th||The RAF raided German warships based in the Heligoland Bight.|
|September 6th||South Africa declared war on Germany; Egypt broke off relations with Germany,|
|September 9th||The IV Panzer Division reached Warsaw.|
|September 17th||Russia’s Red Army attacked Poland from the east|
|September 24th||1,150 German aircraft bombed Warsaw|
|September 26th||The Luftwaffe attacked the Royal Navy at Scapa Flow.|
|September 27th||Poland surrendered to Germany.|
|October 6th||Last Polish troops ceased fighting. Hitler launched his “Peace Offensive” but this was rejected by Neville Chamberlain|
|October 14th||‘HMS Royal Oak’ is torpedoed at Scapa Flow by U-47|
|November 30th||Russia’s Red Army invaded Finland|
|December 13th||The Battle of the River Plate was fought|
|December 14th||Russia expelled from the League of Nations|