31 Oct 1939

Atlantic Ocean
  • At 0525 hours the 5,874-ton French merchant steamer Baoul├ę was heading to Bordeaux, France with a cargo of palm kernels, rubber, cocoa, and coffee in convoy K-20. The ships had just passed 45 miles west-northwest of A Coru?a, northwest Spain when Baoul├ę was torpedoed by German submarine U-25 commanded by Kapit├Ąnleutnant Viktor Sch├╝tze. Two torpedoes hit the ship which sank quickly, 13 crewmembers lost their lives. ww2dbase┬á[Start of the Battle of the Atlantic | HM]
Germany
  • The commanding officer of the German Wehrkreis IV district in Dresden, Germany gave the order to convert Colditz Castle to a prisoner of war camp named Offizierslager IV-C, or Oflag IV-C for short. ww2dbase┬á[Dresden, Sachsen | CPC]
Russia
  • Vyacheslav Molotov, Soviet Foreign Minister, gloated over the dissolution of Poland, "ugly offspring of the Versailles Treaty", by the combined Soviet-German attack. He also accused the British of aggressive acts. ww2dbase┬á[Vyacheslav Molotov | TH]
United Kingdom
  • The British Royal Navy was mobilized. ww2dbase┬á[TH]
  • The keel of Dianthus was laid down by Henry Robb, Limited of Leith, Scotland, United Kingdom. ww2dbase┬á[Dianthus | Leith, Scotland | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 31 Oct 1939
Vyacheslav Molotov addressing the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union, Moscow, Russia, 31 Oct 1939; note Joseph Stalin in background

31 Oct 1939 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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