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19 Sep 1939

  • En route toward Changsha, Hunan Province, China, Japanese troops used poison gas against Chinese defensive positions along the Sinchiang River. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Zang Shiyi was captured by Japanese troops in Liaoning Province, China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Chinese forces recaptured Cunqianjie near Gao'an, Jiangxi Province, China. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Germans put down a rebellion in Czechoslovakia. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Adolf Hitler entered Danzig and again proposed a peace with Britain and France, provided Germany was allowed to retain the territory that Germany had already seized. He also referred to "weapons with which we ourselves can not be attacked", which led to speculation that Germany is developing secret weapons. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC, AC]
  • Commander of the British Expeditionary Force Lord Gort arrived in France. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
French Indochina
  • While flying a reconnaissance missiong in a unarmed Polish aircraft, Josef Frantisek attacked advancing German columns by throwing hand grenades from the cockpit near Kamionka Strumilowa, Poland (now Kamianka-Buzka, Ukraine). ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The construction of Graf Zeppelin was halted temporarily as Erich Raeder and Hermann Göring competed for resources. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • West of Warsaw, Poland, at the bend of the Vistula River, German troops imprisoned 170,000 Polish troops as they surrendered. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • The German Army told the SS organization to hold off the rounding up and mass murder of Polish Jews until Dec 1939 when the Army would be out of the area. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • The first official British casualty list was published to the public. ww2dbase [TH]

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