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