1 Oct 1940
  • George Brett was promoted to the rank of major general. ww2dbase [George Brett | CPC]
  • Hubert Lanz was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross for gallantry during the invasion of France. ww2dbase [Hubert Lanz | CPC]
  • Chiaki Matsuda was made a staff member at the Institute for Total War. ww2dbase [Chiaki Matsuda | CPC]
  • Tsingtau was assigned to the 4th Fast Attack Craft Flotilla. ww2dbase [Tsingtau | CPC]
  • Oberleutnant Kurt Reichenbach-Klinke was named the commanding officer of U-23, relieving Heinrich Driver. ww2dbase [U-23 | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • German submarine U-38 sank British ship Highland Patriot 300 miles west of Ireland at 0647 hours; 3 crew were killed, 136 crew and 33 passengers were rescued by sloop HMS Wellington. ww2dbase [First Happy Time | U-38 | CPC]
  • US Navy and US Marine Corps began the Special Landing Operation No. 2 in the Caribbean Sea region. ww2dbase [Caribbean Sea | CPC]
  • Seeadler completed laying mines in the English Channel. ww2dbase [Seeadler | English Channel | CPC]
  • Maggiore Baracca spotted Greek freighter Aghios Nicolaus, carrying 2,200 tons of zinc and 3,982 tons of wood sailing for Belfast in Northern Ireland of the United Kingdom, in the Atlantic Ocean at about 1615 hours. She gave chase in heavy seas, stopped the freighter with warning shots from a machine gun, and forced all 26 crew members to take to lifeboats. Once the freighter was fully abandoned, she sank her with 40 shells from the deck gun at 1955 hours. ww2dbase [Maggiore Baracca | First Happy Time | CPC]
  • German submarine U-32 sank Dutch ship Haulerwijk 400 miles west of Ireland; 4 were killed and 27 survived. ww2dbase [First Happy Time | U-32 | CPC]
  • Luftwaffe ace Erich Hartmann began basic training with Friegerausbildungsregiment 10 at Neukuhren, near K├Ânigsberg in Ostpreu├čen (East Prussia), Germany. Hartmann would achieve 352 "kills" during the war before being sentenced, as a war criminal, to 50 years forced labour by the Soviets. ww2dbase [Neukuhren, Ostpreu├čen | AC]
  • Hermann G├Âring officially awarded Wolfgang Falck the Knight Cross medal, but it would be not be presented to Falck until 7 Oct 1940. ww2dbase [Wolfgang Falck | CPC]
  • British troops reinforced the garrison on Malta. ww2dbase [AC]
United Kingdom
  • Small raids of 20 to 70 aircraft each attacked RAF airfields in England, United Kingdom; London was not targeted during the day. The Germans lost 4 fighters and the British lost 5 fighters with 4 pilots killed. London was bombed overnight. ww2dbase [Battle of Britain | England | CPC]
United States
  • Belgium Congo uranium began to arrived at Staten Island, New York, United States for safekeeping; a total of 1,140 tons of uranium would arrive throughout this month. ww2dbase [Staten Island, New York | CPC]
  • Clarence Tinker was promoted to the rank of brigadier general. ww2dbase [Clarence Tinker | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 1 Oct 1940
Canadian boy chasing after his father, a member of the Canadian Army British Columbia Regiment, who was on march in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada, 1 Oct 1940

1 Oct 1940 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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