CZECHOSLOVAK ARMY Before 1938, the 1,500,000 strong Czech Army was one of the largest in Europe. After the Munich Agreement, Czech soldiers began to leave their homeland, and the first Czech units abroad were formed in Poland. The nucleus of a Czech Army was constituted from about 1,000 soldiers and 150 airmen, but it was not long before Poland herself was crushed, and the Czechs were forced to leave Poland; some travelling to the Soviet Union, some to the Middle East and some to France. At first, the French had insisted that all Czechs serve in the French Foreign Legion, … learn more
WW2 War Diary for October 1, 1939: Poland German troops enter Warsaw and begin disarming the Garrison (120,000 officers and men). Surrender of Hela, last Polish stronghold.
WW2 War Diary for Sunday, October 1, 1944: Western Front Unsuccessful German counter-attack south of Arnhem. Canadians secure Calais. Russian Front Finns begin operations against German forces in North Finland.
WW2 War Diary for Saturday, September 30, 1939: Politics Polish Government-in-Exile and ‘Cabinet of National Unity’ formed in Paris under Raczkiewicz (President) and General Sikorski (Prime Minister and Minister of War). Western Front French forces begin stealthy retreat (night September 30 to October 1) from German territory occupied during Saar ‘Offensive’ (withdrawal completed October 4). Air War 15 Me 109 destroy a flight of five RAF Fairey Battles over the Saar. Sea War Atlantic: ‘Pocket-battleship’ Admiral Graf Spee sinks SS Clement in South Atlantic, capturing the crew. Merchant shipping losses in September 1939: 53 Allied ships with 194,845 tons in … learn more
WW2 War Diary for Saturday, September 30, 1944: Air War Europe: Renewed RAF onslaught on Rhineland marshalling yards. Home Fronts Britain: Great celebrations in Dover, following news that all German cross-Channel guns have been captured. Sea War Merchant shipping losses in September 1944: 6 Allied ships with 37,698 tons in Atlantic, 2 Allied ships with 7,107 tons elsewhere. 120 Japanese ships with 419,112 tons in Pacific. 14 U-boats sunk in the Atlantic, Arctic or Baltic (worldwide total of 24 losses), 19 new U-boats operational, 426 U-boats of all types total in service.