War Diary October 31, 1939

Molotov and Ribbentrop

War Diary for Tuesday, October 31, 1939: Politics Molotov, Russian Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, elucidates Soviet foreign policy: friendship with Germany, support for German ‘peace’ efforts and economic collaboration. Sea War Merchant shipping losses in October 1939: 46 Allied… learn more

War Diary October 30, 1939

Battleship HMS Nelson

War Diary for Monday, October 30, 1939: Sea War Atlantic: The German U-boat U-56 hits battleship HMS Nelson west of Orkneys but torpedoes fail to explode. learn more

War Diary October 29, 1939

Allied Convoy.

War Diary for Sunday, October 29, 1939: Sea War Atlantic: German warships and U-boats given permission to attack passenger ships in convoys. These passenger ships were used mostly as troop transports. learn more

War Diary October 28, 1939

Finnish coastal battery at Hango

War Diary for Saturday, October 28, 1939: Politics At talks in Moscow, Russians demand strategic Finnish territory in Karelian Isthmus, Hango naval base and ice-free port of Petsamo (Arctic) in exchange for worthless Russian territory along East borders. Finns reject… learn more

War Diary October 27, 1939

Belgian fortifications on the border to Germany.

War Diary for Friday, October 27, 1939: Neutrals Belgium: King Leopold in broadcast to USA declares Belgium’s determination to defend its neutrality. learn more

War Diary October 26, 1939

German soldiers are closing a door between the tank traps of the Siegfried Line

War Diary for Thursday, October 26, 1939: Politics Soviet government denies Britain’s right to stop Soviet merchant ships bound for Germany. learn more

War Diary October 25, 1939

U-26

War Diary for Wednesday, October 25, 1939: Sea War Mediterranean: Three U-boats despatched to Mediterranean. Only U-26 arrives and has no success. learn more

War Diary October 24, 1939

German foreign minister Ribbentrop signs Nazi-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact

War Diary for Tuesday, October 24, 1939: Politics Russo-German trade agreement: USSR to supply 1 M. tonnes of grain and fodder. Occupied countries Poland: Arrival in Paris of large hoard of Polish gold smuggled from Warsaw via Rumania and Syria. learn more

War Diary October 23, 1939

Battlecruiser Renown

War Diary for Monday, October 23, 1939: Sea War Atlantic: British Home Fleet escorts iron ore convoy from Narvik, Norway (arrives back on October 31). learn more

War Diary October 22, 1939

German and Russian officers in Poland 1939

War Diary for Sunday, October 22, 1939: Occupied Countries Poland: ‘Elections’ held in Russian-held West Ukraine and West White Russia (Russian-occupied Poland). Home Fronts India: Congress Party declines to support the British war effort and condemns British imperialism. learn more

War Diary October 21, 1939

French fast fleet destroyer Le Fantasque

War Diary for Saturday, October 21, 1939: Sea War Atlantic: French Force de raide (including world’s fastest destroyers) escorts large Atlantic convoy (until October 30) and intercepts German SS Sante Fe. RAF fighters shoot down 4 out of 9 He… learn more

War Diary October 20, 1939

sinking merchantmen

War Diary for Friday, October 20, 1939: Sea War Atlantic: Germany warns that neutral merchant ships joining Allied convoys will be sunk without warning. learn more