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25 Sep 1939
  • Artillery duels took place on the Western Front of the European War. ww2dbase [TH]
  • HMS Cumberland after meeting HM Cruiser Neptune and HM Destroyers Hunter and Hyperion carried out joint search for blockade runners. ww2dbase [Cumberland | Neptune | DS]
Germany
  • Germany introduced food rationing. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Franz Halder noted in his diary that he believed Adolf Hitler was ready to plan a war with France and Britain. ww2dbase [Franz Halder | CPC]
  • Adolf Hitler arrived in Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | Berlin | CPC]
Japan
  • Kichisaburo Nomura was named the Foreign Minister in Prime Minister Nobuyuki Abe's cabinet. ww2dbase [Kichisaburo Nomura | CPC]
  • Captain Shutoku Miyazato was made the chief equipping officer of both Katori and Kashima. ww2dbase [Katori | Kashima | Yokohama, Kanagawa | CPC]
Poland
  • Warsaw, Poland suffered heavy Luftwaffe bombing and artillery bombardment as Adolf Hitler arrived to observe the attack. To the east, Soviet troops captured Bialystok, Poland. Meanwhile, Joseph Stalin proposed to the Germans that the Soviet Union would take Lithuania which was previously within the German sphere of influence; in exchange, the Soviets would give the portions of Poland near Warsaw which were previously within the Soviet sphere of influence but had already been overrun by German troops. ww2dbase [Invasion of Poland | Warsaw | TH, CPC]
Photo(s) dated 25 Sep 1939
German Bf 109B fighters on an airfield, Poland, Sep 1939Aerial view of Warsaw, Poland, 25 Sep 1939; note Vistula River in the center of the photoRefugees returning to Warsaw, Poland, Sep 1939

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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