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20th September 1939

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Events On This Day

Fierce fighting continued west of Warsaw, the Germans claimed to have taken 105,000 prisoners and also to have captured Gdynia.

The Russian army reached Lwow, said to have been seeded to them by Germany.

A revolt in Czechoslovakia, which first broke out on Sunday, continued to spread in spite of ruthless repressive measures mass executions were reported.

The French Council of ministers met and approved the military, economic and financial measures for pursuing the conduct of the war until final victory.

On the Western front, a period of comparative calm was reported.

HMS Kittiwake struck a mine in the English Channel, five members of the crew were missing believed killed and two injured.

In the House of Commons, Mr Chamberlain, made the third of his weekly reviews of the war situation.

The Canadian Cabinet decided to raise immediately an expeditionary force of 20,000 for service overseas.

Australia offered to Britain, the complete personnel of four bomber squadrons and two squadrons of two seater fighter planes.

Contraband goods to the value of £500,000, were reported to have been intercepted on the way to Germany during the week ending 16 September 1939.

Details of the private fortunes, totalling over £3,000,000 accumulated abroad by seven German leaders, were published by leading New York papers.

Blücher Heavy cruiser
Commissioned 20 September 1939

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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