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22 Oct 1939
  • American freighters Endicott and West Gambo were detained by France; portions of their cargo were deemed contraband and confiscated. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Gallup revealed the results of an American public opinion poll, revealing that while 95% of the US population was against participating in the war, 62% agreed that the US should aid the Allies in other ways, largely by means of supplying weapons, steel, and the likes. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Joseph Goebbels publicly accused Winston Churchill of ordering the passenger liner Athenia attacked so that he could blame Germany and persuade the United States to join the Allies. ww2dbase [Joseph Goebbels | CPC]
  • Western Byelorussia, Western Ukraine, and the Soviet-occupied areas of Poland held elections. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Polish currency was replaced with Soviet rubles, Polish Industries moved into Russia, and the Soviet Union began phasing out Polish education, language, and religion. ww2dbase [TH]

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Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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"We no longer demand anything, we want war."

Joachim von Ribbentrop, German Foreign Minister, Aug 1939

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