7 Sep 1939

  • General Yoshijiro Umezu succeeded General Kenkichi Ueda as the Governor-General of Kwantung Leased Territory in northeastern China. Jo Iimura was named Umezu's chief of staff. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Kenkichi Ueda stepped down as the commander of the Kwantung Army in northeastern China and was attached to the Army General Staff. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • French Army entered the Saarland region of Germany, but made no move on the Westwall. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Adolf Hitler ordered Erich Raeder to hold back German Navy from attacking British and French vessels. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Lieutenant General Yakutaira Kato was named the chief of staff of the Japanese Chosen Army in occupied Korea. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German troops captured Kraków, Poland. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Julien Bryan arrived in Warsaw, Poland. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • In western Poland, the German 30th Infantry Division crossed the Warta River (German: Warthe) on bridges erected by German engineers. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • The city of Lodz, Poland was captured by the German 8th Army after the Lodz Army failed to halt their advance. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
United Kingdom
  • The BBC began broadcasts in Polish. ww2dbase [TH]
  • King George VI of the United Kingdom provided approval to the National Registration Bill, which gave control of labor to the government as well as requiring identity cards for citizens. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 7 Sep 1939
German soldiers at the Westerplatte, Danzig, 7 Sep 1939

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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