16 Aug 1939
  • The US Ambassador in Moscow, Russia warned Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov that the United States believed Germany would betray the Soviet Union even if the two country engaged in an alliance. ww2dbase [Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact | CPC]
France
  • In France, British General Stewart Menzies received a Polish-built Enigma machine based on the successful Polish attempt to German military codes. The machine was immediately sent, via diplomatic protection, to Britain. ww2dbase [Enigma Code Broken | CPC]
United States
  • USS Skipjack arrived at San Diego, California, United States. ww2dbase [Skipjack | CPC]
  • Joseph Stilwell began a period of leave in the United States. ww2dbase [Joseph Stilwell | CPC]

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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Famous WW2 Quote
"We no longer demand anything, we want war."

Joachim von Ribbentrop, German Foreign Minister, Aug 1939