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Rumania
Government issues call for peace
   Polish campaign, 1939: Politics and diplomacy
   Rumania: International relations

Poland
Polish Army Modlin and Army Pomorze withdrawing from East Prussian border and Polish Corridor
   Polish campaign, 1939

German 3rd Army captures Grudziadz and Mlawa as Polish defenders withdraw
   Polish campaign, 1939

German 4th Army, having cleared the Polish Corridor, reaches the Vistula River
   Polish campaign, 1939

German 8th Army attacking toward Lodz
   Polish campaign, 1939

German 10th Army crossing the Warta River and pushing toward Piotrkow
   Polish campaign, 1939

German 14th Army crushes right flank of Polish Army Krakow
   Polish campaign, 1939

Slovak 3rd Infantry Division and motorized detachment operating with German 14th Army around Nowy Sacz and Zabsic
   Polish campaign, 1939

Kriegsmarine battleship Schleswig-Holstein, tender Von der Groben, and torpedo boat T-196 bombard Polish Westerplatte fortress
   Polish campaign, 1939
   Polish campaign, 1939: Naval operations

Luftwaffe conducts heavy attack on Warsaw
   Polish campaign, 1939
   Polish campaign, 1939: Air operations

Government offices begin attempting to depart Warsaw and disperse around the country
   Polish campaign, 1939
   Polish campaign, 1939: Politics and diplomacy

Baltic Sea
Kriegsmarine forces conduct minelaying operations
   Polish campaign, 1939
   Polish campaign, 1939: Naval operations
   Naval operations in the Baltic Sea

Polish submarines Rys, Wilk, and Zbik lay defensive minefields along the coast
   Polish campaign, 1939
   Polish campaign, 1939: Naval operations
   Naval operations in the Baltic Sea

Greek vessel Kosti sunk by mine
   Naval operations in the Baltic Sea

Germany
RAF Bomber Command sends aircraft to attack Kriegsmarine warships at Wilhelmshaven
   Naval operations in Northwest European waters, 1939-1944
   Air operations in Northwest Europe, 1939-1944
   Bomber Command: Operations and missions

Kriegsmarine pocket battleship Admiral Scheer hit by three unexploded bombs at Wilhelmshaven
   Naval operations in Northwest European waters, 1939-1944
   Air operations in Northwest Europe, 1939-1944
   Bomber Command: Operations and missions

Kriegsmarine light cruiser Emden damaged by crashing RAF aircraft at Wilhelmshaven
   Naval operations in Northwest European waters, 1939-1944
   Air operations in Northwest Europe, 1939-1944
   Bomber Command: Operations and missions

RAF Bomber Command sends aircraft to attack Kriegsmarine warships at Brumsbuttel
   Naval operations in Northwest European waters, 1939-1944
   Air operations in Northwest Europe, 1939-1944
   Bomber Command: Operations and missions
   Scharnhorst

RAF Bomber Command aircraft fail to damage Kriegsmarine battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau at Brumsbuttel
   Naval operations in Northwest European waters, 1939-1944
   Air operations in Northwest Europe, 1939-1944
   Bomber Command: Operations and missions
   Scharnhorst

Hitler's British admirer, Unity Mitford, distraught at war between Germany and the UK, shoots herself in the head in botched suicide attempt in Munich
   Hitler's relations with women
   Adolf Hitler
   Unity Valkyrie Mitford

France
Patrols and shelling on Franco-German border
   Phoney War, 1939-1940

All German males residing on French soil ordered to report to detention camps
   Phoney War, 1939-1940
   France: Home front and occupation

First elements of the British Expeditionary Force arrive in France via RN destroyers
   Phoney War, 1939-1940
   British Expeditionary Force

North Sea
Kriegsmarine warships conduct minelaying operations
   Naval operations in Northwest European waters, 1939-1944

United Kingdom
Lord Gort transferred from Chief of Imperial General Staff to Commander-in-Chief, British Expeditonary Force
   Chiefs of Staff Committee
   British Expeditionary Force
   Field Marshal Lord Gort

General Sir William Ironside becomes Chief of Imperial General Staff
   Chiefs of Staff Committee
   Field Marshal Sir Edmund Ironside

Royal Navy orders emergency construction of six cruisers, eight destroyers, twenty escorts, and other warships
   United Kingdom: Navies, seapower, and naval operations

Spain
Franco announces that strict neutrality will be required, but in private his actions are much less neutral
   International relations: Outbreak of war in Europe
   Spain: International relations
   Francisco Franco

Atlantic Ocean
German vessel Johannes Molkenbuhr scuttled to avoid capture by RN destroyer Jersey off the Orkneys
   Naval operations in Northwest European waters, 1939-1944
   Axis blockade runners and supply ships

Japan
Japanese government declares neutrality in the war in Europe
   International relations: Outbreak of war in Europe
   Polish campaign, 1939: Politics and diplomacy
   Japan: International relations

Manchukuo
General Ueda, commanding Japanese Kwantung Army, receives confirmation of Imperial orders not to resume hostilities on the disputed border between Mongolia and Manchukuo
   Russo-Japanese Incident, 1939


Dates are local to the time zone in which the event occurred, but discrepancies and inconsistencies abound throughout the sources, especially when events ocurred shortly before or after midnight.

Entries on file for this date: 31
Total entries on file: 61,896
Updated: 17:12 Pacific Time on 21 July 2014

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Principal sources for this War Diary
Alden. U.S. Submarine Attacks during World War II
Argyle. Chronology of World War II
Brown. Warship Losses of World War Two
Browning. US Merchant Vessel Casualties of World War II
Carter and Mueller. Combat Chronology, 1941-1945
Cressman. The Official Chronology of the US Navy in World War II
Edelheit and Edelheit. A World in Turmoil
Foreman. Fighter Command War Diaries (five volumes)
Goralski. World War II Almanac, 1931-1945
Hague. The Allied Convoy System
Hammel. Air War Europa
Hammel. Air War Pacific
Hauner. Hitler: A Chronology of His Life and Time
Kay. Chronology: New Zealand in the War, 1939-1946
Middlebrook and Everitt. Bomber Command War Diaries
Niestle. German U-Boat Losses during World War II
Rohwer. Allied Submarine Attacks of World War Two
Rohwer. Axis Submarine Successes of World War Two
Rohwer. Chronology of the War at Sea
Salmaggi and Pallavisini. 2194 Days of War
Sommerville. World War II Day by Day
Swain. A Chronology of Australian Armed Forces at War, 1939-45
Taylor. Barbarossa to Berlin (two volumes)
Williams. Chronology, 1941-1945
Young. Britain's Sea War

Various other Chronology volumes also served as sources.

Many additional volumes were consulted for specific topics.
 

 

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