10 Oct 1939
  • Erich Raeder informed Adolf Hitler the strategic importance of Norway to the German Navy. ww2dbase [Invasion of Denmark and Norway | CPC]
  • The highly successful Empire Air Training Scheme was set up to train Australian, Canadian and New Zealand aircrew. ww2dbase [AC]
Austria China
  • Chinese troops recaptured all territory in Hubei, Hunan, and Jiangxi Provinces in China that the Japanese had captured as part of the recently-failed advance on Changsha, Hunan. ww2dbase [First Battle of Changsha | CPC]
Germany
  • Adolf Hitler announced the victorious end to the Polish campaign and called on France and England to end hostilities, which was ignored by both governments. ww2dbase [Invasion of Poland | TH]
  • Adolf Hitler ordered the invasion of the Low Countries and France, but without a specific start date. ww2dbase [Invasion of France and the Low Countries | TH]
  • U-40 departed Wilhelmshaven, Germany for her second war patrol. She was to patrol waters off of Portugal and Spain. ww2dbase [U-40 | Wilhelmshaven, Weser-Ems | CPC]
Japan
  • Vice Admiral Matome Ugaki was named the chief of staff of Admiral Shigetaro Shimada at Kure Naval District, Japan. ww2dbase [Matome Ugaki | CPC]
Lithuania United Kingdom
  • The United Kingdom removed 303 sacks of letters destined for the United States from the freighter Black Gull to censor any potential intelligence useful for the Axis. ww2dbase [CPC]

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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Famous WW2 Quote
"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