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14th September 1939

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Germany claimed to have captured Gdynia and to be making rapid progress in the encircling of Warsaw.

Adolf Hitler orders that the Polish capital is to be regarded as a fortress and orders the use of artillery and bombers against the city.

Polish reinforcements were hurried to Lwow, where Germany's aim is to seize important oil fields and to cut communications with Romania.

The French launched a new offensive on the extreme north of the common frontier with Germany.

There was also a heavy artillery duel in the region of Saarbrücken.

To British merchant ships the Vancouver City and British Influence were sunk.

The official Kremlin organ Pravda attributed what it termed Poland's military debacle mainly to her brutal oppression of her minorities, especially the Polish Ukrainians and the White Russians.

In the House of Commons, Mr Chamberlain stated that no British government would ever result to deliberate attacks on women and children for the mere purpose of terrorism.

Lord Halifax announced in the House of Lords that the British government had received a notification from the German government that it would for the duration of the war observe the Geneva protocol prohibiting the use of poison gas and bacteriological methods of warfare.

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2194 Days Of War.
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