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19 Sep 1939
  • U-56 ended her second patrol. ww2dbase [U-56 | CPC]
  • En route toward Changsha, Hunan Province, China, Japanese troops used poison gas against Chinese defensive positions along the Sinchiang River. ww2dbase [First Battle of Changsha | Changsha, Hunan | CPC]
  • Zang Shiyi was captured by Japanese troops in Liaoning Province, China. ww2dbase [Zang Shiyi | Liaoning | CPC]
  • Chinese forces recaptured Cunqianjie near Gao'an, Jiangxi Province, China. ww2dbase [Cunqianjie, Jiangxi | 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 [Adolf Hitler | CPC, AC]
  • Commander of the British Expeditionary Force Lord Gort arrived in France. ww2dbase [John Vereker | 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 [Josef Frantisek | Kamionka Strumilowa | CPC]
Germany Poland
  • West of Warsaw, Poland, at the bend of the Vistula River, German troops imprisoned 170,000 Polish troops as they surrendered. ww2dbase [Invasion of Poland | Warsaw | 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 [Discovery of Concentration Camps and the Holocaust | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • The first official British casualty list was published to the public. ww2dbase [TH]

19 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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"With Germany arming at breakneck speed, England lost in a pacifist dream, France corrupt and torn by dissension, America remote and indifferent... do you not tremble for your children?"

Winston Churchill, 1935

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