13 Mar 1938
  • A Soviet decree made the teaching of the Russian language a compulsory subject in all schools across the USSR. ww2dbase [AC]
Austria
  • Austrian Chancellor Arthur Sey√ü-Inquart claimed that Austrian President Wilhelm Miklas had resigned his post and consolidated the power of the president in the position of the chancellor; in actuality, Miklas had refused to resign. Meanwhile, Kurt Schuschnigg's small Fatherland's Front, a Fascist political party created in 1934 from the Christian Social Party, which had advocated Austrian independence along Italian Fascist lines, was disbanded; the Party leaders were either arrested by the Nazis or fled into exile. Later on this date, Hitler visited his parents' grave, then visited his hometown of Braunau and then returned to Linz to give a speech. ww2dbase [Annexation of Austria | CPC, AC]
  • Horst B√∂hme murdered Wilhelm Freiherr von Ketteler in Vienna, Austria by drowning on the orders of Reinhard Heydrich. ww2dbase [Horst B√∂hme | Vienna | CPC]
China Photo(s) dated 13 Mar 1938
German Army SdKfz. 221 armored car crossing from Passau, Germany into Schärding, Austria, 13 Mar 1938German Panzer II tank commander waving to Austrian women, Austria, 13 Mar 1938

13 Mar 1938 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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