10 Sep 1939

Atlantic Ocean
  • HMS Oxley became the first Royal Navy submarine to be lost in the war when she was either torpedoed or rammed in error off the Norwegian coast by another Royal Navy submarine. Only two of the fifty-three crew survived. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Canada declared war on Germany. ww2dbase [TH]
  • HMS Eagle arrived at Colombo, Ceylon. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Soviet ambassador to Poland Nikolai Szaranow was recalled from Warsaw. ww2dbase [TH]
  • SS-Brigadeführer Wilhelm Fritz von Roettig became the first German general to die in World War II when he was killed in Action at Opoczno, Poland at about 1415 hours. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • German troops made a breakthrough near Kutno and Sandomierz in Poland. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
United Kingdom
  • The Battle of the Atlantic officially began. On the very same day, the British Admiralty began organizing a convoy system. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH, CPC]
Photo(s) dated 10 Sep 1939
German troops engaging in street fighting in a Polish town, Sep 1939German Heinkel He 111 aircraft bombing Warsaw, Poland, Sep 1939German troops forcing entry into a building, Western Poland, Sep 1939Panzer I (foreground) and Panzer II (background) tanks of SS-Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler Division crossing the Bzura River in Poland, Sep 1939
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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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"We no longer demand anything, we want war."

Joachim von Ribbentrop, German Foreign Minister, Aug 1939