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  • Germany
    Friday Mar 31, 1939

    Adolf Hitler

    Offended by the British "guarantee"

    Germany
    Friday Mar 31, 1939

    Offended by the British "guarantee" on 31 March 1939 of Polish independence, he said, "I shall brew them a devil's drink".




  • Berlin, Germany
    Monday May 22, 1939

    World War II

    Pact of Steel

    Berlin, Germany
    Monday May 22, 1939

    After the Franco-British pledge to Poland, Germany and Italy formalized their own alliance with the Pact of Steel.




  • Germany
    Tuesday Aug 22, 1939

    Adolf Hitler

    Military mobilization is ordered

    Germany
    Tuesday Aug 22, 1939

    Accordingly, on 22 August 1939 Hitler ordered a military mobilization against Poland.




  • Germany
    Wednesday Aug 23, 1939

    World War II

    Delayed attack

    Germany
    Wednesday Aug 23, 1939

    Hitler ordered the attack to proceed on 26 August, but upon hearing that the United Kingdom had concluded a formal mutual assistance pact with Poland, and that Italy would maintain neutrality, he decided to delay it.




  • Berlin, Germany
    Wednesday Aug 30, 1939

    World War II

    Hitler demanded that a Polish plenipotentiary immediately travel to Berlin

    Berlin, Germany
    Wednesday Aug 30, 1939

    On 29 August, Hitler demanded that a Polish plenipotentiary immediately travel to Berlin to negotiate the handover of Danzig, and to allow a plebiscite in the Polish Corridor in which the German minority would vote on secession.




  • Berlin, Germany
    Thursday Aug 31, 1939

    World War II

    Stormy meeting

    Berlin, Germany
    Thursday Aug 31, 1939

    The Poles refused to comply with the German demands, and on the night of 30–31 August in a stormy meeting with the British ambassador Neville Henderson, Ribbentrop declared that Germany considered its claims rejected.




  • Europe & Middle East
    Friday Sep 1, 1939

    John F. Kennedy

    Europe tour

    Europe & Middle East
    Friday Sep 1, 1939

    In 1939 Kennedy toured Europe, the Soviet Union, the Balkans, and the Middle East in preparation for his Harvard senior honors thesis. He then went to Czechoslovakia and Germany before returning to London on September 1, 1939, the day that Germany invaded Polandto mark the beginning of World War II.


  • Germany
    Friday Oct 6, 1939

    World War II

    Public peace overture

    Germany
    Friday Oct 6, 1939

    On 6 October, Hitler made a public peace overture to the United Kingdom and France but said that the future of Poland was to be determined exclusively by Germany and the Soviet Union. The proposal was rejected, and Hitler ordered an immediate offensive against France, which would be postponed until the spring of 1940 due to bad weather.


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