|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.
|Chamberlain sent Hitler an ultimatum: withdraw German troops from Poland or war will be declared. The Luftwaffe gained air superiority over the Polish air force.
|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.
|The RAF raided German warships based in the Heligoland Bight.
|South Africa declared war on Germany; Egypt broke off relations with Germany,
|The IV Panzer Division reached Warsaw.
|Russia’s Red Army attacked Poland from the east
|1,150 German aircraft bombed Warsaw
|The Luftwaffe attacked the Royal Navy at Scapa Flow.
|Poland surrendered to Germany.
|Last Polish troops ceased fighting. Hitler launched his “Peace Offensive” but this was rejected by Neville Chamberlain
|‘HMS Royal Oak’ is torpedoed at Scapa Flow by U-47
|Russia’s Red Army invaded Finland – the Winter War
|The Battle of the River Plate was fought
|Russia expelled from the League of Nations
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- 1939 September 1st Germany invaded Poland. First use of Blitzkrieg. Britain and France gave Germany an ultimatum to get out. Blackout and evacuation plans were…