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7 Sep 1939
  • On arrival at Freetown, British West Africa (now Sierra Leone), HMS Cumberland was deployed on trade protection duty in Atlantic became part of Hunting Group G for interception of blockade runners and commerce raiders off east coast of South America. ww2dbase [Cumberland | DS]
  • General Yoshijiro Umezu succeeded General Kenkichi Ueda as the Governor-General of Kwantung Leased Territory in northeastern China. Jo Iimura was named Umezu's chief of staff. ww2dbase [Yoshijiro Umezu | CPC]
  • Kenkichi Ueda stepped down as the commander of the Kwantung Army in northeastern China and was attached to the Army General Staff. ww2dbase [Kenkichi Ueda | CPC]
  • French Army entered the Saarland region of Germany, but made no move on the Westwall. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Adolf Hitler ordered Erich Raeder to hold back German Navy from attacking British and French vessels. ww2dbase [Start of the Battle of the Atlantic | CPC]
  • Lieutenant General Yakutaira Kato was named the chief of staff of the Japanese Chosen Army in occupied Korea. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German troops captured Kraków, Poland. ww2dbase [Invasion of Poland | Kraków | TH]
  • Julien Bryan arrived in Warsaw, Poland. ww2dbase [Julien Bryan | Warsaw | CPC]
  • In western Poland, the German 30th Infantry Division crossed the Warta River (German: Warthe) on bridges erected by German engineers. ww2dbase [Invasion of Poland | AC]
  • The city of Łódź, Poland was captured by the German 8th Army after the Łódź Army failed to halt their advance. ww2dbase [Invasion of Poland | Łódź | AC]
United Kingdom
  • The BBC began broadcasts in Polish. ww2dbase [TH]
  • King George VI of the United Kingdom provided approval to the National Registration Bill, which gave control of labor to the government as well as requiring identity cards for citizens. ww2dbase [George VI | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 7 Sep 1939
German soldiers at the Westerplatte, Danzig, 7 Sep 1939

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Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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"We no longer demand anything, we want war."

Joachim von Ribbentrop, German Foreign Minister, Aug 1939

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