4 Sep 1939

  • Adolf Hitler forbade any further attacks on passenger ships. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • 30 RAF bombers attacked the German Navy at Wilhelmshaven, Cuxhaven, and Shillig Roads in Germany. Seven of thirty aircraft were shot down and the handful of bombs that hit their targets failed to explode. No.107 Squadron from Wattisham lost four out of five Blenheim bombers, which was the RAF's first fatalities. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • In Germany, a War Economy Decree was published which laid down guidelines for the rapid mobilization of civilian resources and the conversion of the economy to war. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Germans executed 1000 Poles near Bydgoszcz, including a number of Boy Scouts. ww2dbase [TH]
South Africa
  • In the South African Assembly Prime Minister Barry Hertzog declaration of neutrality was defeated by 80 votes to 67 and South Africa committed itself to entering the war. ww2dbase [AC]
United Kingdom
  • Alan Turing reported to Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
United States
  • United States increased patrols on its east coast. ww2dbase [CPC]

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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"With Germany arming at breakneck speed, England lost in a pacifist dream, France corrupt and torn by dissension, America remote and indifferent... do you not tremble for your children?"

Winston Churchill, 1935