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1 Jan 1932
  • Emden was transferred from the Training Inspectorate to the Commander of Reconnaissance Forces, Konteradmiral Conrad Albrecht. ww2dbase [Emden | CPC]
3 Jan 1932

China
4 Jan 1932

China
  • Japanese troops captured Shanhai Gate of the Great Wall in Hebei Province, China. ww2dbase [Battle of Jinzhou | Hebei | CPC]
Russia
  • The TB-3-4M-17 variant aircraft took its first flight with test pilots A. B. Yumashev and I. F. Petrov. ww2dbase [TB-3 | CPC]
7 Jan 1932
  • The United States criticized the Japanese aggression against China. ww2dbase [Battle of Jinzhou | CPC]
  • Cruiser K√∂ln began to perform gunnery drills and training operations in the North Atlantic. ww2dbase [K√∂ln | CPC]
China
  • Governor Zhang Jinghui of Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, China, with support from the Japanese declared the secession of Heilongjiang from China to join the puppet state of Manchukuo. ww2dbase [Zhang Jinghui | Harbin, Songjiang | CPC]
Germany
  • German Chancellor Heinrich Br√ľning met with Adolf Hitler regarding the upcoming re-election and President Paul von Hindenburg's old age. Br√ľning attempted to convince Hitler that they should convince the Reichstag to cancel the election and keep Hindenburg in power, but Hitler secretly considered to challenge Hindenburg in the election. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | CPC]
9 Jan 1932

Taiwan
  • General Nobuyuki Abe was named the commanding officer of the Taiwan Army. ww2dbase [CPC]
10 Jan 1932
  • German Chancellor Heinrich Br√ľning met with Adolf Hitler again regarding the upcoming re-election and President Paul von Hindenburg's old age. Br√ľning continued to argue for keeping Hindenburg in power without an election, and he still failed to recruit Hitler to his cause. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | CPC]
11 Jan 1932

China
  • Mannosuke Yamaoka succeeded Seiji Tsukamoto as the Governor-General of Kwantung Leased Territory in northeastern China. ww2dbase [CPC]
Taiwan
  • Vice Admiral Akira Goto was named the commanding officer of the Mako naval port at Pescadores islands, Taiwan. ww2dbase [Mako Guard District | Mako, Hoko | CPC]
14 Jan 1932
  • Francis Tuker was promoted to the rank of major. ww2dbase [Francis Tuker | CPC]
19 Jan 1932

Germany
  • Joseph Goebbels and Adolf Hitler travelled to Munich, Germany together; en route, Goebbels attempted to convince Adolf Hitler to run for the office of the President of Germany. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | M√ľnchen, M√ľnchen-Oberbayern | CPC]
20 Jan 1932

China
  • Japan demanded China to dissolve anti-Japanese organizations and pay compensation for losses incurred due to Chinese boycotts of Japanese goods. ww2dbase [First Battle of Shanghai | Shanghai | CPC]
21 Jan 1932

Philippines
  • Davao Penal Colony was formally established in Davao (now Panabo), Philippines. ww2dbase [Davao Penal Colony | Davao | CPC]
25 Jan 1932
  • Captain Rinzaburo Hojo was made the commanding officer of Kamoi. ww2dbase [Kamoi | CPC]
China Photo(s) dated 25 Jan 1932
Light cruiser Jintsu at Kure, Japan, late Jan 1932
28 Jan 1932

China
29 Jan 1932
  • Cruiser K√∂ln completed gunnery drills and training operations. ww2dbase [K√∂ln | CPC]
China
  • Japanese aircraft attacked the Chapei district of Shanghai, China, causing 1,000 deaths, most of which were civilian. ww2dbase [First Battle of Shanghai | Shanghai | CPC]
Japan
  • Minoru Ota was assigned to First Expeditionary Fleet as a staff officer. ww2dbase [Minoru Ota | CPC]
1 Feb 1932
  • Light carrier Hosho arrived off the mouth of the Yangtze River in China. ww2dbase [Hosho | CPC]
China
  • Japanese carrier Hosho and the Japanese Navy Destroyer Division 3 arrived off Shanghai, China to support the battles in the city. Also on this day, the United Kingdom and the United States demanded Japan to cease the fighting in Shanghai. ww2dbase [First Battle of Shanghai | Shanghai | CPC]
2 Feb 1932
  • The International Disarmament Conference began at Geneva, Switzerland, embracing 60 nations including the Soviet Union and the United States. It would prove to be a fruitless attempt to ensure world peace. ww2dbase [AC]
Japan
  • Prince Hiroyasu was assigned to the Japanese Navy General Staff. ww2dbase [Hiroyasu | CPC]
  • Kichisaburo Nomura was made the commanding officer of 3rd Fleet. ww2dbase [Kichisaburo Nomura | CPC]
4 Feb 1932

China
5 Feb 1932
  • British firm Vickers and Soviet organization All-Russian Co-operative Society (ARCOS) entered into an agreement for the Soviet military's purchase of eight British Vickers-Carden-Loyd Light Amphibious Tanks. ww2dbase [T-37A | CPC]
China
  • Light carrier Hosho launched aircraft to attack Shanghai, China. ww2dbase [Hosho | Shanghai | CPC]
  • Two Japanese bombers and three carrier-borne (Hosho) biplane fighters engaged in dogfights with Chinese Air Force fighters over Shanghai, China. ww2dbase [First Battle of Shanghai | Shanghai | CPC]
7 Feb 1932

China
  • Light carrier Hosho launched aircraft to support ground troops at Shanghai, China. ww2dbase [Hosho | Shanghai | CPC]
  • Part of the air groups from Japanese carriers Kaga and Hosho was dispatched to Shanghai, China to support fighting on the ground. ww2dbase [First Battle of Shanghai | Shanghai | CPC]
9 Feb 1932

Germany
14 Feb 1932

China
15 Feb 1932
  • German President Paul von Hindenburg announced his intention to run for another term in the upcoming election. ww2dbase [CPC]
China
16 Feb 1932
  • Chuichi Nagumo was named a representative to the Second Geneva Naval Conference. ww2dbase [Chuichi Nagumo | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 16 Feb 1932
Model 123 prototype aircraft in flight, 1932; this design eventually produced the B-10 bombersUSS Lexington off Lahaina, Maui, US Territory of Hawaii, 16 Feb 1932
18 Feb 1932

China
19 Feb 1932
  • The League of Nations reviewed the facts regarding the Japanese violation of Chinese sovereignty, but it would fail to result in any action against Japanese aggression. ww2dbase [Battle of Harbin and Establishment of Manchukuo | CPC]
20 Feb 1932

France
  • Pierre Laval stepped down as the Prime Minister of France. ww2dbase [Pierre Laval | CPC]
22 Feb 1932

China
  • Three Japanese carrier-borne (Kaga) bombers, escorted by six fighters, was attacked by Chinese fighters over Shanghai, China; a biplane, piloted by American volunteer Robert Short, shot down one bomber before being shot down himself. ww2dbase [First Battle of Shanghai | Shanghai | CPC]
Germany
  • Joseph Goebbels announced on Adolf Hitler's behalf that Hitler would run for the office of the President of Germany, challenging incumbent Paul von Hindenburg. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | CPC]
23 Feb 1932
  • Light carrier Hosho launched aircraft to attack airfields near Hangzhou, China. ww2dbase [Hosho | CPC]
25 Feb 1932
  • Yoshinori Shirakawa was named the commanding officer of the Japanese Shanghai Expeditionary Army. ww2dbase [Yoshinori Shirakawa | CPC]
Germany
  • Adolf Hitler was named a liaison to Braunschweig, German's legation to the capital city of Berlin, an appointment by which Hitler also gained citizenship of Braunschweig. As citizens of the city of Braunschweig were considered German citizens, the Austrian-born Hitler was now allowed to run for the office of the President of Germany. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | CPC]
Hong Kong
  • Captain W. B. Mackenzie was named the commanding officer of HMS Hermes while the ship was at Hong Kong, relieving Captain E. J. G. MacKinnon. ww2dbase [Hermes | CPC]
Japan
  • Chuichi Nagumo was assigned to the Japanese Navy investigation board over the First Battle of Shanghai. ww2dbase [Chuichi Nagumo | CPC]
26 Feb 1932
  • Light carrier Hosho launched aircraft to attack airfields near Suzhou, China. Hosho-based fighters claimed 2 kills on this date. ww2dbase [Hosho | CPC]
27 Feb 1932

China
28 Feb 1932

Photo(s) dated 28 Feb 1932
Troops of Chinese 19th Route Army guarding a roadblock in Shanghai, China, circa 28 Feb 1932
29 Feb 1932

China
1 Mar 1932
  • Ma Zhanshan was made the Minister of War of the Japanese-sponsored puppet state of Manchukuo in northeastern China. ww2dbase [Ma Zhanshan | CPC]
China
  • Former Chinese Emperor Puyi was declared Chief Executive Datong of the puppet state of Manchukuo in northeastern China. ww2dbase [Puyi | CPC]
  • Chinese troops launched a counterattack at Shanghai, China, but it failed to break Japanese lines. ww2dbase [First Battle of Shanghai | Shanghai | CPC]
2 Mar 1932

China
  • Chinese 19th Route Army indicated that it was running out of supplies and was preparing to withdraw from Shanghai, China. ww2dbase [First Battle of Shanghai | Shanghai | CPC]
Taiwan
  • Hiroshi Minami was named the governor-general of Taiwan. ww2dbase [CPC]
Photo(s) dated 2 Mar 1932
USS Saratoga recovering aircraft off Maui, Hawaii, 2 Mar 1932. The aircraft are a collection of Vought O2U Corsairs, Martin BM-2 torpedo bombers, and Martin T4M torpedo bombers.
3 Mar 1932

China Finland
  • Lennart Oesch took on concurrent role as the Deputy Minister of the Interior Affairs. ww2dbase [Lennart Oesch | CPC]
4 Mar 1932
  • The League of Nations demanded a ceasefire between Japanese and Chinese forces in China. ww2dbase [First Battle of Shanghai | CPC]
6 Mar 1932

China
  • China agreed to the League of Nations demand to stop fighting in and near Shanghai, but Japanese forces continued to attack Chinese positions. ww2dbase [First Battle of Shanghai | Shanghai | CPC]
8 Mar 1932

China
9 Mar 1932

China Photo(s) dated 9 Mar 1932
Inauguration ceremony of Puyi as the Chief Executive of the puppet state of Manchukuo, Xinjing (Changchun), China, 9 Mar 1932
11 Mar 1932
  • James Doolittle set a new world record in air speed. ww2dbase [James Doolittle | CPC]
13 Mar 1932

Germany
  • A presidential election took place in Germany; Adolf Hitler received 30.1% of votes while Paul von Hindenburg received 49.6%. Since no one received 50% of votes, a second election would be required. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | CPC]
14 Mar 1932

China
  • League of Nations representatives arrived in Shanghai, China in an attempt to force the Japanese to negotiate with the Chinese for a ceasefire. ww2dbase [First Battle of Shanghai | Shanghai | CPC]
Finland
  • Lennart Oesch stepped down from his concurrent role as the Deputy Minister of the Interior Affairs. ww2dbase [Lennart Oesch | CPC]
15 Mar 1932

Germany
  • Josias was promoted to the rank of SS-Gruppenf√ľhrer. ww2dbase [Josias | CPC]
20 Mar 1932

United States
  • P-26 Peashooter fighter took its first flight. ww2dbase [P-26 Peashooter | CPC]
23 Mar 1932

Photo(s) dated 23 Mar 1932
The mooring mast on the Ewa Plain, Oahu, Hawaii after being shortened to 50-ft, Mar 23, 1932.
24 Mar 1932

Photo(s) dated 24 Mar 1932
Aerial view of the Ewa airship landing area after the mooring mast had been shortened to 50-ft., 24 Mar 1932.
29 Mar 1932

China
  • Xi Qia's forces was defeated by General Li Haiching's Anti-Japanese Army For The Salvation Of the Country at Nong'an, 35 miles from Xinjing, the capital of the Japanese-sponsored puppet state of Manchukuo. ww2dbase [Xi Qia | Nong'an, Jilin | CPC]
30 Mar 1932
  • Atago was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Atago | CPC]
1 Apr 1932
  • Erwin Rommel was promoted to the rank of Major. ww2dbase [Erwin Rommel | CPC]
  • Werner M√∂lders was promoted to the rank of Fahnenjunker-Unteroffizier. ww2dbase [Werner M√∂lders | CPC]
Austria
  • Adolf Eichmann joined the Austrian branch of the Nazi Party as member 889 895. ww2dbase [Adolf Eichmann | CPC]
4 Apr 1932

Photo(s) dated 4 Apr 1932
Adolf Hitler speaking at the Berliner Schloss at Lustgarten during the German Presidental Election of 1932, Berlin, Germany, 4 Apr 1932; note Goebbels next to Hitler
7 Apr 1932
  • Chinese General Ma Zhanshan declared the Heilungkiang Provincial Government in Japanese-occupied Manchuria in northeastern China. He would soon begin to organize what was to become the Northeast Anti-Japanese National Salvation Army. ww2dbase [Ma Zhanshan | CPC]
8 Apr 1932

Russia
  • Workers at the Teikovo Calico works outside Moscow, Russia began a strike when they heard that their already meagre food ration was to be cut again. ww2dbase [Moscow | AC]
9 Apr 1932

Germany
  • Rudolf H√∂ss' second child Heidetraut was born. ww2dbase [Rudolf H√∂ss | CPC]
10 Apr 1932

Germany
  • A second re-election took place in Germany between Paul von Hindenburg and Adolf Hitler as none of them received the required 50% of votes in the previous election; Hindenburg won presidency after receiving 53% of votes in the second election, while Hitler received 36.8%. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | CPC]
11 Apr 1932
  • In response to the strike held by workers at the Teikovo Calico works outside Moscow, Russia, which was begun on 8 Apr 1932 in response to decreased food rations, a march was organised to a local town to petition the party authorities for food. When one of the strikers delivered an impromptu speech calling for the workers to overthrow the Soviet regime, security troops stormed the mob and arrested ringleaders identified by GPU spies. ww2dbase [AC]
Taiwan
  • Major General Yoshishige Shimizu was named the chief of staff of the Taiwan Army. ww2dbase [CPC]
12 Apr 1932

Germany
  • Heinrich Prinz zu Sayn-Wittgenstein joined the Hitler Youth organization in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. ww2dbase [Heinrich | Freiburg im Breisgau | CPC]
15 Apr 1932

China
  • The Manchukuoan Armed Forces Act was passed, establishing an army, a navy, and a 200-strong Imperial Guard unit for the Japanese-sponsored puppet state. ww2dbase [CPC]
16 Apr 1932
  • The strike held by the workers at the Teikovo Calico works outside Moscow, Russia, which was begun on 8 Apr 1932 in response to decreased food rations, was called off having achieved nothing. ww2dbase [AC]
17 Apr 1932

Photo(s) dated 17 Apr 1932
XP2Y-1 prototype aircraft at rest at Naval Air Station Anascostia, Washington DC, United States, 17 Apr 1932
20 Apr 1932

France
  • French Army ordered five prototype vehicles from the design that would later be designated AMR 33. ww2dbase [AMR 33 | CPC]
Japan
  • Minoru Ota was made an instructor at the Gunnery School. ww2dbase [Minoru Ota | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 20 Apr 1932
Yamashiro undergoing reconstruction, Yokosuka, Japan, 20 Apr 1932
22 Apr 1932

Finland
  • Alpo Marttinen was promoted to the rank of lieutenant. ww2dbase [Alpo Marttinen | CPC]
25 Apr 1932
  • Oswald Mosley's son Michael Mosley was born. ww2dbase [Oswald Mosley | CPC]
28 Apr 1932
  • USS R-5 set sail for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. ww2dbase [R-5 | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 28 Apr 1932
Portrait of Yun Bong-gil, taken shortly before his 29 Apr 1932 attack on Japanese leaders in Shanghai, ChinaKim Gu and Yun Bong-gil, taken shortly before Yun
29 Apr 1932

China
  • Yoshinori Shirakawa was seriously wounded by a bomb planted by Korean nationalist Yun Bong-gil at Hongkou Park (now Lu Xun Park) in Shanghai, China; Shirakawa would die of his wounds a month later. ww2dbase [Yoshinori Shirakawa | Shanghai | CPC]
  • Kichisaburo Nomura was blinded in the right eye by an attack by Korean nationalist Yun Bong-gil at Hongkou Park (now Lu Xun Park) in Shanghai, China. ww2dbase [Kichisaburo Nomura | Shanghai | CPC]
  • Kenkichi Ueda lost his left leg to a bomb planted by Korean nationalist Yun Bong-gil at Hongkou Park (now Lu Xun Park) in Shanghai, China. ww2dbase [Kenkichi Ueda | Shanghai | CPC]
  • Yun Bong-gil detonated a bomb at Hongkou Park (now Lu Xun Park) in Shanghai, China, killing General Yoshinori Shirakawa and Government Chancellor Kawabata Sadaji. He failed to get away and was arrested. ww2dbase [Yun Bong-gil | Shanghai | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 29 Apr 1932
Yoshinori Shirakawa, Kichisaburo Nomura, and others at Hongkou Park (now Lu Xun Park) moments before a bomb was detonated, Shanghai, China, 29 Apr 1932Yun Bong-gil under arrest after the Shanghai, China attack, 29 Apr 1932, photo 1 of 2Yun Bong-gil under arrest after the Shanghai, China attack, 29 Apr 1932, photo 2 of 2
1 May 1932

Germany
2 May 1932
  • USS S-31 departed Manila, Luzon, Philippine Islands for Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [S-31 | CPC]
Philippines
  • USS S-35 departed the Philippine Islands for Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii to join the Pacific Fleet. ww2dbase [S-35 | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 2 May 1932
Joseph Stalin inspecting a TB-3 bomber, 2 May 1932
5 May 1932

China
  • Japan and China signed the Shanghai Ceasefire Agreement, which made Shanghai off-limits for Chinese troops while it allowed some Japanese units to remain in the city. ww2dbase [First Battle of Shanghai | Shanghai | CPC]
8 May 1932

Germany
9 May 1932

Photo(s) dated 9 May 1932
Four-stack destroyer USS Reuben James upon being recommissioned at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, 9 May 1932.
16 May 1932
  • Hiroaki Abe was transferred out of Japanese Navy Destroyer Division 1. ww2dbase [Hiroaki Abe | CPC]
18 May 1932

Germany
19 May 1932

Photo(s) dated 19 May 1932
Fanni Luukkonen and Lotta Svärd leaders, 19 May 1932Fanni Luukkonen and members of Lotta Svärd, 19 May 1932
21 May 1932
  • The Do X aircraft departed New York, United States. ww2dbase [Do X | CPC]
France United States
23 May 1932

Japan
  • Emperor Showa granted Yoshinori Shirakawa words of encouragement as Shirakawa lay wounded in a hospital in Shanghai, China. ww2dbase [Yoshinori Shirakawa | CPC]
United States
24 May 1932

Germany
  • The Do X aircraft arrived in Berlin, Germany, welcomed by 200,000 people. ww2dbase [Do X | Berlin | CPC]
25 May 1932

China
  • Yun Bong-gil was convicted of murder for the death of Yoshinori Shirakawa and Kawabata Sadaji in Shanghai, China. ww2dbase [Yun Bong-gil | Shanghai | CPC]
26 May 1932

China
  • Yoshinori Shirakawa passed away in Shanghai, China from wounds sustained during a bomb blast one month prior. ww2dbase [Yoshinori Shirakawa | Shanghai | CPC]
France
  • The Farman F.220 aircraft took its first flight. ww2dbase [F.220 | CPC]
Korea
  • General Yoshiyuki Kawashima was named the commanding officer of the Japanese Chosen Army in occupied Korea, relieving Senjuro Hayashi. ww2dbase [CPC]
27 May 1932

Japan
  • Prince Hiroyasu of Fushimi was promoted to the rank of fleet admiral. ww2dbase [Hiroyasu | CPC]
Taiwan
  • Kenzo Nakagawa was named the governor-general of Taiwan. ww2dbase [CPC]
30 May 1932
  • German President Paul von Hindenburg met with Adolf Hitler. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | CPC]
China
  • He Yingqin stepped down as a member of the treasury committee. ww2dbase [He Yingqin | CPC]
31 May 1932
  • Takao was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Takao | CPC]
1 Jun 1932
  • Chokai was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Chokai | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 1 Jun 1932
Chancellor Franz von Papen with his cabinet, 1 Jun 1932
4 Jun 1932

Germany
  • German Chancellor Franz von Papen dissolved the Reichstag and announced a new election scheduled for 31 Jul 1932. ww2dbase [Franz von Papen | CPC]
5 Jun 1932
  • German Chancellor Franz von Papen lifted the ban on Nazi Party's SA organization. ww2dbase [Franz von Papen | CPC]
9 Jun 1932
  • German Chancellor Franz von Papen and Adolf Hitler met for the first time. ww2dbase [Franz von Papen | CPC]
11 Jun 1932

China
  • The Bank of Manchukuo Act was passed in the Japanese-sponsored puppet state of Manchukuo, establishing the Central Bank of Manchou in the capital of Xinjing (now Changchun, Jilin Province, China). It was to be formed by merging the existing Bank of the Three Eastern Provinces, the Bank of Jilin, the Bank of Heilongjiang, and the Frontier Bank. ww2dbase [Changchun, Jilin | CPC]
14 Jun 1932

Germany
  • Bremse was launched by Kriegsmarinewerft in Wilhelmshaven, Germany. ww2dbase [Bremse | Wilhelmshaven | CPC]
17 Jun 1932

United States
  • About 1,000 American WW1 veterans, dubbed the "Bonus Army", gathered before the Capitol building in Washington DC, United States as the US Senate considered a bill that would give them certain benefits. ww2dbase [Washington | CPC]
18 Jun 1932

Japan
  • Joseph Rochefort received the order to detach from the United States Embassy, effective 4 Oct 1932. ww2dbase [Joseph Rochefort | Tokyo | CPC]
Taiwan
  • Rear Admiral Toyonaka Yamauchi was named the commanding officer of the Mako naval port at Pescadores islands, Taiwan. ww2dbase [Mako Guard District | Mako, Hoko | CPC]
23 Jun 1932

Japan
  • Tatsuta Maru departed Yokohama, Japan with some of the athletes participating in the 1932 Olympics. ww2dbase [Tatsuta Maru | Yokohama, Kanagawa | CPC]
24 Jun 1932

Thailand
  • 49 Siamese military officers seized power while King Rama VII was away from the capital. ww2dbase [Bangkok | CPC]
25 Jun 1932

United States
  • Harold George was made the commanding officer of the 33rd Pursuit Squadron at Langley Field, Hampton, Virginia, United States. ww2dbase [Harold George | Hampton, Virginia | CPC]
26 Jun 1932

Thailand
  • King Rama VII of Siam met the leaders of the People's Party, thus officially marking the end of absolute monarchy in Siam. ww2dbase [Bangkok | CPC]
30 Jun 1932
  • Tatsuta Maru arrived at Honolulu, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Tatsuta Maru | CPC]
  • Maya was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Maya | CPC]
United States
1 Jul 1932
  • Tatsuta Maru departed Honolulu, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Tatsuta Maru | CPC]
China
  • The Central Bank of Manchou, established in the previous month by the Japanese-sponsored puppet state of Manchukuo, opened for business. ww2dbase [CPC]
Photo(s) dated 1 Jul 1932
Japanese heavy cruiser Takao on a trial run at full speed off Tateyama, Tokyo Bay, 1 Jul 1932
2 Jul 1932

United States
  • At Chicago, Illinois, United States, Franklin Roosevelt accepted to be the Democratic Party's candidate for the US Presidency. ww2dbase [Franklin Roosevelt | Chicago, Illinois | CPC]
6 Jul 1932

United States
7 Jul 1932

France
  • Dupleix was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Dupleix | CPC]
Germany
  • Bremse was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Bremse | CPC]
8 Jul 1932

United States
9 Jul 1932

United States
  • Tatsuta Maru arrived at San Pedro, Los Angeles, California, United States and disembarked athletes participating in the 1932 Olympics. ww2dbase [Tatsuta Maru | Los Angeles, California | CPC]
10 Jul 1932
  • Burza was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Burza | CPC]
  • Clashes between Nazi Party protesters and the police resulted in 18 deaths in Germany. ww2dbase [CPC]
17 Jul 1932

Germany
  • Clashes between Nazi Party protesters, communists, and the police in Hamburg, Germany resulted in 19 killed and 285 wounded. ww2dbase [Hamburg | CPC]
20 Jul 1932
  • German Chancellor Franz von Papen dissolved the Prussian government. ww2dbase [Franz von Papen | CPC]
27 Jul 1932

Germany
  • Adolf Hitler spoke to three separate large crowds in the Berlin-Potsdam area in Germany. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | Berlin | CPC]
28 Jul 1932

China
  • The Japanese-sponsored puppet state Manchukuo issued its first postage stamps. ww2dbase [CPC]
United States
  • Major George Patton commanded six battle tanks in the policing operation to disperse demonstrating WW1 veterans in Washington DC, United States. ww2dbase [George Patton | Washington | CPC]
  • During the Bonus Army march in Washington DC, United States, President Herbert Hoover ordered US Army Chief of Staff General Douglas MacArthur to bring in troops to "surround the affected area and clear it without delay". The resulting confrontation caused one death, which became a public relations disaster for the US Army. ww2dbase [Douglas MacArthur | Washington | CPC]
29 Jul 1932

United Kingdom
31 Jul 1932

Germany
  • German national elections ended with Nazi Party members gaining 230 seats, or 38% and the majority, in the Reichstag. ww2dbase [CPC]
1 Aug 1932
  • Quintin Brand was transferred to the Egyptian government as the Director General of Aviation. ww2dbase [Quintin Brand | CPC]
3 Aug 1932

China
4 Aug 1932

Germany
5 Aug 1932
  • Adolf Hitler spoke with Kurt von Schleicher and demanded German Chancellorship. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | CPC]
6 Aug 1932

Photo(s) dated 6 Aug 1932
Piers at Puget Sound Navy Yard in Bremerton, Washington, United States with, left to right, repair ship (converted collier) Jason, and carriers Lexington (Lexington-class), Saratoga, 6 Aug 1932.
7 Aug 1932
  • In the Soviet Union, a decree "On Protecting and Strengthening Public (Socialist) Property" made theft a political crime. The decree solemnly declared that State property was "sacred and inviolable" and that thieves were by definition "enemies of the people". The maximum penalty was to be death by shooting; the minimum ten years in a camp. ww2dbase [AC]
8 Aug 1932

China
  • General Nobuyoshi Muto succeeded Mannosuke Yamaoka as the Governor-General of Kwantung Leased Territory in northeastern China. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Nobuyoshi Muto succeeded Shigeru Honjo as the commanding officer of the Japanese Kwantung Army in northeastern China. Kuniaki Koiso was named as Muto's chief of staff. ww2dbase [Kuniaki Koiso | CPC]
  • Hiroshi Nemoto arrived in Shanghai, China. ww2dbase [Hiroshi Nemoto | Shanghai | CPC]
11 Aug 1932

Photo(s) dated 11 Aug 1932
Chancellor Papen and State Secretary Meißner during the anniversary celebration of the German Weimar Constitution, Berlin, Germany, 11 Aug 1932Reichstag building, constitution celebration, Berlin, Germany, 11 Aug 1932
13 Aug 1932

Germany
  • Adolf Hitler spoke with German President Paul von Hindenburg and demanded Chancellorship with the power to dissolve the Reichstag as he saw fit. Hindenburg did not accept the demand. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | CPC]
25 Aug 1932
  • Song Ziwen was named the acting chief of the Executive Yuan. ww2dbase [Song Ziwen | CPC]
Germany
  • Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels traveled from Berlin to Berchtesgaden in M√ľnchen-Oberbayern, Germany. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | Berlin | CPC]
26 Aug 1932

China Germany
30 Aug 1932

Germany
31 Aug 1932

China
  • The pilot training program at the Republic of China Military Academy in Nanjing, China was officially reopened at the Jianqiao Airfield in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China under the new name of the Central Aviation Academy. Chiang Kaishek took personal command of the academy, relieving Lieutenant General Mao Bangchu. ww2dbase [Jianqiao Airfield | Chiang Kaishek | Hangzhou, Zhejiang | CPC]
Italy
1 Sep 1932
  • Fregattenkapit√§n Otto Schniewind took command of cruiser K√∂ln. ww2dbase [K√∂ln | CPC]
China
  • Ninghai was commissioned into service, Captain Gao Xianshen (former commanding officer of Hairong) in command. ww2dbase [Ninghai | CPC]
  • The Central Aviation Academy at Jianqiao Airfield in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China began classes. ww2dbase [Jianqiao Airfield | Hangzhou, Zhejiang | CPC]
Japan
  • Kenkichi Ueda was attached to the Japanese Army General Staff. ww2dbase [Kenkichi Ueda | CPC]
8 Sep 1932
  • Arturo Riccardi was promoted to the rank of division admiral. ww2dbase [Arturo Riccardi | CPC]
12 Sep 1932

Germany
  • A new session of the German Reichstag began with Hermann G√∂ring as its president. German Chancellor Franz von Papen attempted to issue the order to dissolve the Reichstag, but G√∂ring pretended to not see him, and instead conducted a vote that effectively made Papen's order to dissolve the Reichstag useless. ww2dbase [Reichstag Building and Kroll Opera House | Hermann G√∂ring | Berlin | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 12 Sep 1932
Chancellor Papen entering the Reichstag, Berlin, Germany, 12 Sep 1932
15 Sep 1932

China Photo(s) dated 15 Sep 1932
Manchukuo Prime Minister Zheng Xiaoxu and Japanese Ambassador Nobuyoshi Muto signing the Japan-Manchukuo Protocol, Xinjing, Manchukuo (now Changchun, China), 15 Sep 1932
17 Sep 1932

China
  • HMS Hermes departed Weihai, Shandong Province, China, a British leased territory for Nagasaki, Japan. ww2dbase [Hermes | Weihai, Shandong | CPC]
1 Oct 1932
  • The keel of the future pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee was laid down. ww2dbase [Admiral Graf Spee | CPC]
  • Nikolaus von Falkenhorst was promoted to the rank of Oberst. ww2dbase [Nikolaus von Falkenhorst | CPC]
  • Wolfgang Falck returned to the German Army from his secret fight pilot training in Russia. His comrades in his regiment were not told of the details of his training. ww2dbase [Wolfgang Falck | CPC]
China
  • The Central Aviation Academy at Jianqiao Airfield in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China established a political officers training program. ww2dbase [Jianqiao Airfield | Hangzhou, Zhejiang | CPC]
Germany
  • Wernher von Braun, a precocious young Prussian student, was appointed to the German Army Ordnance Department's ballistics section under Captain Walter R. Dornberger, an artillery specialist. ww2dbase [Wernher von Braun | AC]
United Kingdom
  • Oswald Mosley founded the British Union of Fascists. ww2dbase [Oswald Mosley | AC]
3 Oct 1932
  • Japanese luxury ocean liner Hikawa Maru departed Kobe for Seattle, her 13th round trip across the Pacific. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | CPC]
4 Oct 1932

Japan
  • Joseph Rochefort and his family boarded passenger ship President Coolidge at Yokohama, Japan, bound for the United States. ww2dbase [Joseph Rochefort | Yokohama, Kanagawa | CPC]
10 Oct 1932

Japan
15 Oct 1932

India
  • Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata landed at the Drigh Road airstrip in Karachi, India (now Pakistan) in a de Havilland Puss Moth monoplane aircraft, carrying bags of mail from Bombay, India. This was the first flight in India. ww2dbase [Karachi Airfield | Karachi, Sindh | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 15 Oct 1932
Kirishima near Beppu, Kyushu, Japan, mid-Oct 1932 after her first major reconstruction
18 Oct 1932

United States
  • Joseph Rochefort arrived at San Francisco, California, United States via the passenger ship President Coolidge. Instead of reporting to Washington DC, United States as ordered, he would request the US Navy to allow him to see his family in the Los Angeles, California area first. ww2dbase [Joseph Rochefort | San Francisco, California | CPC]
22 Oct 1932

Greece
27 Oct 1932

Photo(s) dated 27 Oct 1932
USS Saratoga dressed with flags on Navy Day, 27 Oct 1932
28 Oct 1932

Hong Kong
  • HMS Hermes arrived at Hong Kong. ww2dbase [Hermes | CPC]
1 Nov 1932
  • Eva Braun attempted suicide by shooting herself in the chest with her father's pistol. ww2dbase [Eva Braun | CPC]
2 Nov 1932

Photo(s) dated 2 Nov 1932
Aerial view of Fort Kamehameha at the entrance to Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Hawaii, 2 Nov 1932.
6 Nov 1932

Germany
  • The Nazi Party lost a few seats in the latest Reichstag elections in Germany. ww2dbase [CPC]
Photo(s) dated 6 Nov 1932
Lennart Oesch and Carl Mannerheim at a memorial for the Battle of L√ľtzen, celebrating its 300th anniversary, 6 Nov 1932
8 Nov 1932

United States
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected the President of the United States. ww2dbase [Franklin Roosevelt | CPC]
9 Nov 1932

United States
10 Nov 1932
  • British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin in a speech said: "The bomber will always get through. The only defence is in offence, which means that you have to kill more women and children than the enemy if you want to save yourselves." ww2dbase [AC]
United Kingdom
  • The final design for HMS Phaeton was approved. ww2dbase [Sydney | CPC]
11 Nov 1932
  • Joseph Goebbels noted in his diary that Nazi Party debts were piling up, and the presses for Nazi Party publications were in danger of being stopped. ww2dbase [Joseph Goebbels | CPC]
14 Nov 1932

United Kingdom
  • Amy Johnson, flying a de Havilland DH.80 Puss Moth aircraft, took off from London, England, United Kingdom for Cape Town, South Africa. ww2dbase [Amy Johnson | London, England | CPC]
15 Nov 1932
  • Hiroaki Abe became the commanding officer of Japanese Navy Destroyer Division 2. ww2dbase [Hiroaki Abe | CPC]
  • Indianapolis was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Indianapolis | CPC]
  • Captain Rokukichi Takeda was made the commanding officer of Kamoi. ww2dbase [Kamoi | CPC]
Japan
  • Captain Minoru Tayui was named the commanding officer of Tenryu. ww2dbase [Tenryu | CPC]
  • Masafumi Arima was assigned to Battleship Division 3. ww2dbase [Masafumi Arima | CPC]
Korea
17 Nov 1932
  • Franz von Papen resigned as the Chancellor of Germany. ww2dbase [Franz von Papen | CPC]
18 Nov 1932

Japan
  • Yun Bong-gil was transferred to a prison in Osaka Prefecture, Japan. ww2dbase [Yun Bong-gil | Osaka | CPC]
South Africa
  • Amy Johnson landed her de Havilland DH.80 Puss Moth aircraft in Cape Town, South Africa, setting a new record for the London-Cape Town route. ww2dbase [Amy Johnson | Cape Town, Western Cape | CPC]
United States
  • Joseph Rochefort arrived at the Office of Naval Intelligence in Washington DC, United States. ww2dbase [Joseph Rochefort | Washington | CPC]
19 Nov 1932
  • German President Paul von Hindenburg met with Adolf Hitler during which Hitler demanded Chancellorship. Hindenburg offered Hitler Chancellorship which had no power to dissolve the Reichstag (thus forcing the Nazi Party to work with rival parties), or the Vice Chancellor position under Franz von Papen. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | CPC]
21 Nov 1932

Germany
  • Adolf Hitler again attempted to argue for his appointment as German Chancellor with the power to dissolve the Reichstag; President Paul von Hindenburg again refused to grant him such powers. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | CPC]
23 Nov 1932

Taiwan
  • The construction for Taihoku City Hall began in Taihoku (now Taipei), Taiwan under the direction of chief engineer Kaoru Ide. ww2dbase [Taihoku | CPC]
24 Nov 1932

United States
  • The FBI Crime Lab was established in the United States. ww2dbase [CPC]
28 Nov 1932
  • Japanese luxury ocean liner Hikawa Maru departed Kobe for Seattle, her 14th round trip across the Pacific. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | CPC]
United Kingdom
1 Dec 1932
  • Hiroaki Abe was promoted to the rank of captain. ww2dbase [Hiroaki Abe | CPC]
  • Tamon Yamaguchi was promoted to the rank of captain. ww2dbase [Tamon Yamaguchi | CPC]
  • Mutsu was assigned to Japanese Navy Battleship Division 1. ww2dbase [Mutsu | CPC]
  • Franz von Papen met with German President Paul von Hindenburg and offered a plan for Germany that was effectively the end of the republic. Hindenburg rejected the plan and offered that given current situation he wished for a coalition government. ww2dbase [Franz von Papen | CPC]
  • Nobutake Kongo was named the commanding officer of battleship Kongo. ww2dbase [Nobutake Kondo | CPC]
China
  • Arthur Chin joined the Guangdong Provincial Air Force in China as a warrant probationary pilot. ww2dbase [Arthur Chin | Guangdong | CPC]
Japan
  • Captain Shigeru Sonoda was named the commanding officer of Naka. ww2dbase [Naka | CPC]
  • Minoru Ota was promoted to the rank of commander. ww2dbase [Minoru Ota | CPC]
Korea Taiwan
  • Rear Admiral Shinji Suzuki was named the Chief of Staff of the Mako naval port at Pescadores islands, Taiwan. ww2dbase [Mako Guard District | Mako, Hoko | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • The construction for HMS Amphion was ordered. ww2dbase [Perth | CPC]
2 Dec 1932
  • German President Paul von Hindenburg named Kurt von Schleicher as the next Chancellor. ww2dbase [CPC]
3 Dec 1932
  • The former German Defence Minister and recently named German Chancellor General Kurt von Schleicher offered Gregor Strasser (the Organization leader of the NSDAP) the post of vice-chancellor in a coalition government. Hitler, sensing it was a move by Schleicher to split the Nazi Party, ordered Strasser to stop any further negotiations with the Government. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | AC]
5 Dec 1932
  • Adolf Hitler and Gregor Strasser argued over whether Nazi Party should work with the new German Chancellor Kurt von Schleicher. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | CPC]
7 Dec 1932
  • Adolf Hitler and Gregor Strasser again argued over whether Nazi Party should work with the new German Chancellor Kurt von Schleicher. Reaching no agreement, Hitler would soon purge Strasser and his supporters from the party to consolidate Hitler's position. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | CPC]
8 Dec 1932
  • Cruiser K√∂ln departed German for her first international voyage that would last one year; she would visit the Mediterranean Sea, Alexandria (Egypt), Suez Channel, India, Indonesia, Australia, Pacific, Japan, Qingdao (China), Indonesia, Ceylon, Suez Channel, Greece, Italy, and Spain. ww2dbase [K√∂ln | CPC]
  • Unable to prevent the growing importance of Hitler within the National Revolution he had wanted for Germany, Gregor Strasser abruptly resigned and withdrew almost entirely from politics. ww2dbase [AC]
10 Dec 1932

Thailand
  • The Siamese constitution came into effect. ww2dbase [Bangkok | CPC]
19 Dec 1932

Japan Photo(s) dated 19 Dec 1932
Yun Bong-gil being prepared for execution, Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan, 19 Dec 1932, photo 1 of 2Yun Bong-gil being prepared for execution, Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan, 19 Dec 1932, photo 2 of 2
21 Dec 1932

Germany
  • Wernher von Braun attempted to light a rocket with a four meter long pole at Kummersdorf weapons research center south of Berlin, Germany; the rocket's motor exploded. ww2dbase [Wernher von Braun | Kummersdorf, Mark Brandenburg | CPC]
24 Dec 1932

France
28 Dec 1932
30 Dec 1932

United States
  • While in Washington DC, United States, Joseph Rochefort was ordered to travel to Norfolk, Virginia, United States, where he would depart for the west coast of the United States for sea duty aboard USS Maryland. ww2dbase [Joseph Rochefort | Norfolk, Virginia | CPC]
31 Dec 1932
  • Mineichi Koga was promoted to the rank of rear admiral. ww2dbase [Mineichi Koga | CPC]

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis




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