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17th September 1939

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Events On This Day

Russian troops invade, Poland without warning, along the whole length of the frontier, ostensibly to protect the population of the Western Ukraine and Western White Russia.

A note to this effect was handed to the Polish ambassador in Moscow and copies of the note were handed to the representatives of all states with which you wish maintained diplomatic relations.

A broadcast later from Moscow repeated this declaration of protection, and added that the invasion of Poland would open a new road for the worldwide triumph of the communist creed.

The Polish front collapsed under crushing German attacks. Germany claimed to have taken Brest-Litovsk.

The Polish government was stated to have moved to Kuty, near the Romanian frontier, some members of it crossed into Romania.

Germany presented terms from the surrender of Warsaw.

German attacks on the western frontier were repulsed with loss.

The French high command, recorded the arrival of large German reinforcements from Poland

U-29 sinks the British aircraft carrier HMS Courageous, on the night of 17 September 1939 with the loss of 518 members of her crew

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