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31st October 1939

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Events On This Day

The British air ministry announced the first encounter between British fighters and German bombers over French territory. One of the raiders was shot down.

Paris reported greater artillery activity on both sides. The Germans made use of their heavy guns for the first time shelling a village 8 miles behind the French lines.

M Molotov, addressing the supreme Council of the sovereign union, attacked Britain for waging war on Germany. But really, a fervent the neutrality of the USSR. He gave details of the proposals made to Finland and stated that they had been refused.

Important changes were made in the Italian cabinet, the general result being to strengthen Italy's neutrality.

It was stated that Britain had decided to recognize the Italian occupation of Albanian by appointing a consul general in Tirana.

The United States steamer City of Flint reported to have arrived at Tromsoe, Norway, flying the swastika, and later, accompanied by a Norwegian warship.

The Prime Minister of Australia, announced the abandonment of the plan for the Australian expeditionary air force in favour of a general reconnaissance squadron service in and around Great Britain.

Theodor Krancke
Takes command of the Pocket Battleship Admiral Scheer on 31st October 1939 to 12th June 1941

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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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