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3 Oct 1939
  • The Declaration of Panama, signed by the United States and several countries in the Americas, was established. It established a zone of neutrality within 300 to 1,000 nautical miles of the coast of the Americas. ww2dbase [Start of the Battle of the Atlantic | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean China
  • Seeing that the Japanese assault on Changsha, Hunan Province, China was beginning to falter, an order for general counter offensive was given. Chinese troops pushed Japanese troops to Jinjing and Fulinpu, while Chinese aircraft bombed the Japanese airfield at Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. ww2dbase [First Battle of Changsha | CPC]
Poland
  • Hans Frank ordered a "ruthless exploitation" of occupied Poland. ww2dbase [Hans Frank | CPC]
Turkey
  • Sir Hughe Knatchbull-Hugessen, the British ambassador in Ankara, Turkey, telegraphed London with the main points that Adolf Hitler intended to cover in a speech dealing with his peace proposals. His source was the Dutch ambassador in Ankara who, in turn, was quoting a rumour started by the Geerman ambassador, Franz von Papen. ww2dbase [Ankara | AC]
Photo(s) dated 3 Oct 1939
German troops inspecting Soviet BA-10 armored cars in Lublin, Poland, 3 Oct 1939

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