1939

September 1stGermany 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 2ndChamberlain sent Hitler an ultimatum: withdraw German troops from Poland or war will be declared. The Luftwaffe gained air superiority over the Polish air force.
September 3rdGermany 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 4thThe RAF raided German warships based in the Heligoland Bight.
September 6thSouth Africa declared war on Germany; Egypt broke off relations with Germany,
September 9thThe IV Panzer Division reached Warsaw.
September 17thRussia’s Red Army attacked Poland from the east
September 24th1,150 German aircraft bombed Warsaw
September 26thThe Luftwaffe attacked the Royal Navy at Scapa Flow.
September 27thPoland surrendered to Germany.
October 6thLast 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 30thRussia’s Red Army invaded Finland – the Winter War
December 13thThe Battle of the River Plate was fought
December 14thRussia expelled from the League of Nations

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