9 Sep 1939

  • British Expeditionary Forces (BEF) began landing in France. ww2dbase [TH]
Germany Poland
  • Battle of the Bzura, also known as Battle of Kutno to the Germans, began; it was to become the largest battle in the Poland campaign. Elsewhere, German forces captured Łódź and Radom. South of Radom, Stuka dive-bombers of Colonel Gunter Schwarzkopff's St.G.77 finished off the great Polish attempt to cross the Vistula River, crushing the last pockets of resistance in conjunction with tanks; "Wherever they went", reported one Stuka pilot after the action, "we came across throngs of Polish troops, against which our 110-lb fragmentation bombs were deadly. After that we went almost down to the deck firing our machine guns. The confusion was indescribable." At Warsaw, German attempts to enter the city were repulsed. ww2dbase [Invasion of Poland | Kutno, Łódź | TH, AC]
  • In Moscow, Russia, Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov informed the German ambassador that Soviet forces would be ready to attack Poland within a few days. ww2dbase [Invasion of Poland | Vyacheslav Molotov | Moscow | CPC]
United Kingdom United States
  • US President Franklin Roosevelt began recalling military servicemen who were on retired lists. ww2dbase [Franklin Roosevelt | CPC]
  • The Vultee Model 48 Vanguard aircraft took its first flight. ww2dbase [P-66 Vanguard | Downey, California | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 9 Sep 1939
German aerial bombs detonating around a road in Poland, Sep 1939Maximilian von Weichs inspecting troops during a victory parade, Łódź, Poland, 9 Sep 1939American photographer Julien Bryan (left, with fedora), through his interpreter (center, speaking), being questioned by Polish policeman Frank Kotlewski (right), Warsaw, Poland, 9 Sep 1939; the windshield was said to have been damaged by flying debris during a German air attackPublic execution of Polish hostages by the newly established German occupation authority, Bydgoszcz, Poland, 8 or 9 Sep 1939

9 Sep 1939 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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