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  • 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.




  • Soviet Union (Present-Day Russia)
    Wednesday Aug 23, 1939

    Joseph Stalin

    Non-aggression pact with Nazi Germany

    Soviet Union (Present-Day Russia)
    Wednesday Aug 23, 1939

    The Soviet Union signed a non-aggression pact with Nazi Germany on 23 August 1939.




  • Moscow, Russia
    Wednesday Aug 23, 1939

    World War II

    Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact

    Moscow, Russia
    Wednesday Aug 23, 1939

    The situation reached a general crisis in late August as German troops continued to mobilize against the Polish border. On 23 August, when tripartite negotiations about a military alliance between France, the United Kingdom and Soviet Union stalled, the Soviet Union signed a non-aggression pact with Germany. The Treaty of Non-Aggression between Germany and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was a non-aggression pact between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union that enabled those two powers to divide-up Poland between them.




  • 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.




  • England, United Kingdom
    Friday Aug 25, 1939

    Adolf Hitler

    Anglo-Polish alliance

    England, United Kingdom
    Friday Aug 25, 1939

    Contrary to predictions that Britain would sever Anglo-Polish ties, Britain and Poland signed the Anglo-Polish alliance on 25 August 1939.




  • 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.


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