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13 Sep 1939

Atlantic Ocean
  • U-27 sank British trawler Davara 39 kilometers (24 miles or 21 nautical miles) northwest of Tory Island, Ireland at 0255 hours. The 12 survivors were rescued by merchant ship Willowpool. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
  • Yasuji Okamura moved his command center for Japanese 11th Army to Xianning, Hubei Province, China in preparation for the upcoming attack on Changsha in the neighboring Hunan Province. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Heinz Guderian was awarded Clasp to his Iron Cross First Class. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • Karl von Le Suire was awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class and Iron Cross 1st Class. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The 60,000 survivors in the Radom Pocket in Poland surrendered. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
United States
  • The wreck of USS Squalus was raised in the Isles of Shoals off northeastern United States and towed to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, United States for repairs. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The US Navy ordered the recommission of 40 destroyers from the reserve fleet. ww2dbase [CPC]
Photo(s) dated 13 Sep 1939
A formation of German Ju 87 Stuka dive bombers over Poland, Sep 1939German officers Keitel, Reichenau, Daluege, and Bodenschatz in Poland, 13 Sep 1939Ten-year-old Polish girl Kazimiera Mika mourning the death of her sister, caused by strafing German aircraft, near Jana Ostroroga Street, Warsaw, Poland, 13 Sep 1939, photo 1 of 3Photographer Julien Bryan comforting ten-year-old Polish girl Kazimiera Mika whose sister had just been killed by strafing German aircraft, near Jana Ostroroga Street, Warsaw, Poland, 13 Sep 1939
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13 Sep 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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