War Diary September 30, 1939

French tanks autumn 1939

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… learn more

War Diary September 29, 1939

German and Russian officers in negotiations

WW2 War Diary for Friday, September 29, 1939: Politics Russo-German ‘Treaty of Frontier Regulation and Friendship’ signed, partitioning Poland and defining spheres of influence. Joint Declaration issued calling for a peaceful settlement of the conflict between Germany and Britain. Soviet-Estonian… learn more

War Diary September 28, 1939

Negotiation of Warsaw surrender 1939

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, September 28, 1939: Poland Armistice between Warsaw Garrison and German besiegers from noon. learn more

War Diary September 27, 1939

German Panzer II in Warsaw

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, September 27, 1939: Poland Germans overrun outer defences of Warsaw; Garrison Commander offers to surrender (talks held in bus on city outskirts) . Air War RAF announce total of 18 Millions leaflets dropped over Germany… learn more

War Diary September 26, 1939

German infantry with Panzer I in street fighting.

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, September 26, 1939: Poland Massive indiscriminate artillery bombardment of Warsaw, followed by major German infantry assault; city centre in flames. Poles recapture Mokotow Airport and six hastily rebuilt aircraft fly out (night, 26-27). Home Fronts… learn more

War Diary September 25, 1939

Huge fires after German air attack in Warsaws suburb Praga

WW2 War Diary for Monday, September 25, 1939: Poland Second German ultimatum to Warsaw Garrison. Mass air attack on the city: 400 bombers and Stukas make repeated sorties, starting huge fires. Sea War Atlantic: Debut of Ju 88 dive-bomber in… learn more

War Diary September 24, 1939

Destroyed Polish tank column.

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, September 24, 1939: Poland Germans isolate Modlin Fortress, North of Warsaw. Russians enter Galician oilfields. learn more

War Diary September 23, 1939

German infantry advancing

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, September 23, 1939: Poland Germans announce capture of Lvov. Politics Mussolini declares that the ‘liquidation’ of Poland presents opportunity for European peace settlement. Home Fronts Britain: Death of Austrian psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud (aged 83). Germany:… learn more

War Diary September 22, 1939

Russo-German victory parade at Brest-Litovsk.

WW2 War Diary for Friday, September 22, 1939: Poland Russo-German victory parade at Brest-Litovsk. Colonel-General von Fritsch, former German Army C-in-C and leading anti-Nazi, killed by rifle fire outside Warsaw (suicide). Home Fronts Britain: Petrol rationed. Politics Second meeting of… learn more

War Diary September 21, 1939

Hitler watches the bombardement of Warsaw.

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, September 21, 1939: Poland Artillery bombardment of key points in Warsaw greatly intensified. Neutrals Rumania: Prime Minister Calinescu shot dead by fascists of the Iron Guard. Assassins captured and publicly executed. Luxemburg: Radio Luxemburg closes… learn more

War Diary September 20, 1939

Fairey Battle just landed

WW2 War Diary for (day), (Datum): Air War Western Front: RAF’s first clash with Luftwaffe. Me 109 s attack 3 Battle recce­-bombers over Siegfried Line. One Messerschmitt fighter and 2 Battles shot down. Home Fronts Germany: US newspapers publish details… learn more

War Diary September 19, 1939

Destroyed Polish transport column in river Bzura

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, September 19, 1939: Poland Bzura Battle ends. 100,000 officers and men from defeated Polish Pomorze and Poznan Armies surrender. Germans surround Lvov, Eastern Poland. Home Fronts Germany: Hitler speaks at Danzig and defends Russo-German Pact.… learn more

War Diary September 18, 1939

Red Army soldier guards shot down Polish aircraft

WW2 War Diary for Monday, September 18, 1939: Poland Russian Forces now 60 miles inside Poland. Virtually no resistance. Sea War Atlantic: SS Kensington Court shelled and sunk by U-boat. Two RAF Sunderland flying boats rescue 34 men. learn more

War Diary September 17, 1939

Cartoon: Hitler and Stalin are going together to catch their prey

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, September 17, 1939: Poland RUSSIAN INVASION OF POLAND against negligible defences. German Army Groups North and South link up at Wlodawa, on river Bug, Eastern Poland. Brest-Litovsk Citadel captured. Polish Government crosses into Rumania from… learn more

War Diary September 16, 1939

campaign in Poland from September 16 to September 20.

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, September 16, 1939: Poland German ultimatum to Warsaw Garrison and civil population rejected. Polish air force bombers make final sorties. Politics Russia informs Poland that the Red Army will enter East Poland on September 17… learn more

War Diary September 15, 1939

Behind the front line in Warsaw 1939

WW2 War Diary for Friday, September 15, 1939: Poland Germans surround Warsaw and occupy Galician oilfields (southeast Poland). Sea War Atlantic: First British trans-Atlantic convoy sails from Kingston, Jamaica. Politics Rumania: Government to grant asylum to Polish civilian refugees. Military… learn more

War Diary September 14, 1939

Polish PoW's 1939

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, September 14, 1939: Poland Fall of Gdynia, Poland’s only seaport, and the city of Brest-Litovsk, Eastern Poland. The Citadel of Brest-Litovsk still holds out. Sea War Atlantic: U-boat U-39 attacks Royal Navy aircraft carrier Ark… learn more

War Diary September 13, 1939

Polish refugees near Warsaw

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, September 13, 1939: Poland German infantry cross river Vistula, South of Warsaw. German High Command announces its intention to crush guerilla operations and sabotage by Polish civil population with indiscriminate bombing and shelling of towns.… learn more

War Diary September 12, 1939

Polish light 40 mm AA gun at the Bzura

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, September 12, 1939: Poland Germans rush reinforcements (including tank units) from Warsaw front to Bzura battle area (night 12-13). Poles begin fighting withdrawal from Bzura. Sea War Atlantic: US Navy begins regular neutrality patrols along… learn more

War Diary September 11, 1939

Winston Churchill

WW2 War Diary for Monday, September 11, 1939: Poland Germans cross river San, southeast Poland. Politics Churchill (as ‘A Naval Person’) begins correspondence with Roosevelt. Home Fronts Britain: 1,330,928 people unemployed (99,236 more than in August). learn more