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29 Sep 1939
  • Russia signed pacts with Estonia and Finland. ww2dbase [AC]
  • The 1,819-ton neutral Norwegian merchant steamer Kvernaas was stopped and searched by the German destroyer Wilhelm Heidkamp. The ship was en route from Sundsvall, Sweden to Amsterdam, the Netherlands with a cargo of 2,585 tons of cellulose and was instructed to sail to Kiel, Germany. ww2dbase [HM]
China
  • Japanese troops reached the outskirts of Changsha, Hunan Province, China; the Japanese had thus far suffered 40,000 casualties on this assault. ww2dbase [First Battle of Changsha | Changsha, Hunan | CPC]
Germany
  • Adolf Hitler issued a repatriation order for the 86,000 ethnic Germans living in Estonia and Latvia, knowing that the Soviet Union would soon demand the Baltic States. ww2dbase [Annexation of the Baltic States | CPC]
Poland
  • With the formal surrender of Poland, including the last 35,000 besieged troops in Modlin, the Germany and Soviet Union finished dividing up Poland. ww2dbase [Invasion of Poland | TH]
United States
  • Joseph Rochefort was ordered to transfer to heavy cruiser Indianapolis currently based out of San Pedro, California, United States. ww2dbase [Joseph Rochefort | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 29 Sep 1939
German and Soviet officers shaking hands, Poland, late Sep 1939German troops inspecting Soviet BA-10 armored cars in Lublin, Poland, Sep 1939, photo 1 of 2German troops inspecting Soviet BA-10 armored cars in Lublin, Poland, Sep 1939, photo 2 of 2

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