17 Oct 1939
  • Tribune was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Germans forced back French troops in Saarland, Germany. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Reinhard Heydrich ordered all Gypsy populations to cease travelling or face a concentration camp. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | AC]
  • The Ministerial Council for the Defence of the Reich issued the "Decree relating to a special Jurisdiction in Penal Matters for members of the SS and for members of Police Groups on Special Tasks" which, in effect, was to free the armed SS from the legal jurisdiction of the Wehrmacht. ww2dbase [AC]
United Kingdom
  • German aircraft attacked the British naval base at Scapa Flow, Scotland, United Kingdom, damaging the training ship HMS Iron Duke. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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"Since peace is now beyond hope, we can but fight to the end."

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