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8 Nov 1939

  • Belgian King Leopold III revealed to Dutch Queen Wilhelmina that Belgium was aware of a German plan to invade the Low Countries, and it could be launched as soon as within a few days. ww2dbase [Invasion of France and the Low Countries | CPC]
  • Finland refused a Russian demand for territorial exchange. ww2dbase [The Winter War | CPC]
  • An assassination attempt on Hitler by German carpenter Georg Elser failed at the annual commemoration of the Beer Hall Putsch in M√ľnchen, Germany. Ostensibly, Hitler and other top Nazi leaders escaped death because Hitler had ended his speech early and left the building eight minutes before the bomb planted by Elser detonated (which killed 8 and wounded 65). In actuality, however, it had been planned by Hitler to elevate his own standing in Germany and to create a situation where he could blame the western powers for an assassination attempt. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | M√ľnchen, M√ľnchen-Oberbayern | TH]
  • Hans Frank was appointed the head of General Government in Poland. ww2dbase [Hans Frank | CPC]

8 Nov 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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"No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. You win the war by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country!"

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