17 Jun 1937
  • The Spanish Republican battleship Jaime I blew up and sank at Cartagena, Spain. ww2dbase [The Spanish Civil War | AC]
  • The order for U-56 was issued to Deutsche Werke, Kiel, Germany. ww2dbase [U-56 | CPC]
  • Red Army planner Valentin Trifonov wrote to Joseph Stalin, noting that Germany was the likely military enemy of the Soviet Union, and the Soviet Union should counter this by focusing on a defensive strategy rather than an offensive one (as the defensive strategy would be more cost-effective). ww2dbase [Operation Barbarossa | CPC]

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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