13 Oct 1939
  • General Wilhelm List was named the commanding officer of the German 12th Army. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • With the offer for peace rejected by the French on 7 Oct and by the British on 12 Oct, Germany announced that the western powers desired war, and Germany could not be blamed for military action on the German-French border. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • German pocket battleship Deutschland sank Norwegian freighter Lorentz W. Hansen 420 miles east of Newfoundland. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Germany
  • The 1,819-ton neutral Norwegian merchant steamer Kvernaas, captured by the Germans in Sep 1939, was released from Kiel, Germany along with its cargo of 2,585 tons of cellulose. ww2dbase [HM]
Photo(s) dated 13 Oct 1939
Finnish troops posing with anti-aircraft machine guns at a railyard in Helsinki, Finland, 13 Oct 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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