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1 Apr 1939
  • Grossadmiral Tirpitz's daughter Frau von Hassel christened the battleship named after her father. ww2dbase [Tirpitz | CPC]
  • Bersagliere was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Bersagliere | CPC]
  • At the launching ceremony of German battleship Tirpitz, Adolf Hitler gave a fiery speech that was so extreme that it was decided at the last minute that it would not be broadcast to foreign nations in fear of talks of war provocation. The broadcast to the United States was cut off halfway, leading to false rumors that Adolf Hitler was assassinated amidst the speech. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | CPC]
Germany Japan
  • Prototype A6M Zero fighter took its maiden flight at Kagamigahara airfield, Japan. ww2dbase [A6M Zero | Kagamigahara, Gifu | CPC]
  • Minoru Ota was assigned to the 6th Defense Unit of 6th Base Force. ww2dbase [Minoru Ota | CPC]
United States
  • The order for the future battleship Alabama was issued. ww2dbase [Alabama | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 1 Apr 1939
Submarine USS Swordfish shortly after launching at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California, United States, 1 Apr 1939United States submarine Swordfish on the ways at Mare Island Naval Shipyard on the day of her launching, 1 Apr 1939

1 Apr 1939 Interactive Map

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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Famous WW2 Quote
"We no longer demand anything, we want war."

Joachim von Ribbentrop, German Foreign Minister, Aug 1939