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  • 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.




  • Western Poland
    Friday Sep 1, 1939
    Adolf Hitler

    WWII Begun

    Western Poland
    Friday Sep 1, 1939

    On 1 September 1939, Germany invaded western Poland under the pretext of having been denied claims to the Free City of Danzig and the right to extraterritorial roads across the Polish Corridor, which Germany had ceded under the Versailles Treaty.




  • Poland
    Friday Sep 1, 1939
    Joseph Stalin

    WWII Began

    Poland
    Friday Sep 1, 1939

    Germany invaded Poland on 1 September 1939 starting World War II.




  • Poland
    Friday Sep 1, 1939
    World War II

    World War II Begins

    Poland
    Friday Sep 1, 1939

    On 1 September 1939, Germany invaded Poland after having staged several false flag border incidents as a pretext to initiate the attack.




  • Poland (and then Europe)
    Friday Sep 1, 1939
    United Nations

    World War II was broke up

    Poland (and then Europe)
    Friday Sep 1, 1939

    World War II was broke up.




  • Westerplatte, Poland
    Saturday Sep 2, 1939
    World War II

    First battle of the war

    Westerplatte, Poland
    Saturday Sep 2, 1939

    The Battle of Westerplatte is often described as the first battle of the war. Beginning from 1 August till 7 August.




  • Germany
    Saturday Sep 2, 1939
    Joseph Goebbels

    Goebbels proclaimed it illegal to listen to foreign radio stations

    Germany
    Saturday Sep 2, 1939

    On 2 September 1939 (the day after the start of the war), Goebbels and the Council of Ministers proclaimed it illegal to listen to foreign radio stations. Disseminating news from foreign broadcasts could result in the death penalty.


  • United Kingdom and France
    Sunday Sep 3, 1939
    Adolf Hitler

    Britain and France declared war on Germany

    United Kingdom and France
    Sunday Sep 3, 1939

    In response, Britain and France declared war on Germany on 3 September.


  • London, England, United Kingdom
    Sunday Sep 3, 1939
    Winston Churchill

    Winston is back

    London, England, United Kingdom
    Sunday Sep 3, 1939

    On 3 September 1939, the day Britain declared war on Germany, Chamberlain reappointed Churchill as First Lord of the Admiralty and he joined Chamberlain's war cabinet. Churchill later claimed that the Board of the Admiralty sent a signal to the Fleet: "Winston is back".


  • France and United Kingdom
    Monday Sep 4, 1939
    World War II

    France and Britain declared war on Germany

    France and United Kingdom
    Monday Sep 4, 1939

    The United Kingdom responded with an ultimatum to Germany to cease military operations, and on 3 September, after the ultimatum was ignored, France and Britain, along with their empires, declared war on Germany. The alliance provided no direct military support to Poland, outside of a cautious French probe into the Saarland.


  • Bletchley, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom
    Monday Sep 4, 1939
    Alan Turing

    Turing Reported To Bletchley Park

    Bletchley, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom
    Monday Sep 4, 1939

    On 4 September 1939, the day after the UK declared war on Germany, Turing reported to Bletchley Park, the wartime station of GC&CS.


  • Warsaw, Poland
    Friday Sep 8, 1939
    World War II

    German troops reached the suburbs of Warsaw

    Warsaw, Poland
    Friday Sep 8, 1939

    On 8 September, German troops reached the suburbs of Warsaw. Sight of Warsaw lasted from 8 to 28 September, Germany occupied Warsaw until 1945.


  • Kutno, Łódź Voivodeship, Poland
    Saturday Sep 9, 1939
    World War II

    Battle of the Bzura

    Kutno, Łódź Voivodeship, Poland
    Saturday Sep 9, 1939

    The Polish counter offensive to the west halted the German advance for several days, but it was outflanked and encircled by the Wehrmacht. The Battle of the Bzura fought between 9 and 19 September 1939, It began as a Polish counter-offensive, but ended with German victory, German forces took all of western Poland.


  • Bitche, France
    Tuesday Sep 12, 1939
    Charles de Gaulle

    De Gaulle attacked at Bitche

    Bitche, France
    Tuesday Sep 12, 1939

    On 12 September 1939, he attacked at Bitche, simultaneously with the Saar Offensive.


  • Eastern Poland
    Sunday Sep 17, 1939
    Adolf Hitler

    Soviets invaded eastern Poland

    Eastern Poland
    Sunday Sep 17, 1939

    On 17 September, Soviet forces invaded eastern Poland.


  • Poland
    Sunday Sep 17, 1939
    World War II

    Soviets invaded Poland

    Poland
    Sunday Sep 17, 1939

    Soviets invaded Poland from the east. The military operations lasted from 17 September to 6 October. Parting Poland to two divisions, division is ruled by Nazi Germany and the other by the Soviets.


  • Changsha, China
    Sunday Sep 17, 1939
    World War II

    First Battle of Changsha

    Changsha, China
    Sunday Sep 17, 1939

    Japan launched its first attack against Changsha, a strategically important Chinese city, but was repulsed by late September.


  • Washington D.C., U.S.
    Thursday Sep 21, 1939
    World War II

    Cash and Carry

    Washington D.C., U.S.
    Thursday Sep 21, 1939

    In November 1939, the United States was taking measures to assist China and the Western Allies, and amended the Neutrality Act to allow "cash and carry" purchases by the Allies. Cash and carry was a policy by US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt announced at a joint session of the United States Congress on September 21, 1939, subsequent to the outbreak of war in Europe. It replaced the Neutrality Acts of 1937, by which belligerents could purchase only nonmilitary goods from the United States as long as the recipients paid immediately in cash and assumed all risk in transportation using their own ships.


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