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April 1939

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Events On This Day

On 1 April 1939, The Spanish Civil War comes to an end when the last of the Republican forces surrender.

On 1 April 1939, At the launching ceremony of Kriegsmarine battleship Tirpitz, Adolf Hitler gave a fervent speech that was so extreme that it was decided at the last minute that it wouldn't be broadcast to foreign countries in fear of talks of war provocation. The broadcast to the United States of America was cut off midway, leading to mistaken rumors that Adolf Hitler was assassinated during the speech.

Tirpitz Battleship
Launched 1 April 1939

Z26 Destroyer
Laid down 1 April 1939

Adolf Hitler on 3 April 1939, orders the Wehrmacht General Staff to start planning for Fall Weiss, the codename for the invasion of Poland.

On 7 April 1939, Italy invades Albania; King Zog flees.

On 11 April 1939, Hungary leaves the League of Nations.

T12 Torpedo boat
Launched 12 April 1939

On 14 April 1939, At a meeting in Paris, French Foreign Minister Georges Bonnet meets with Soviet Ambassador Jakob Suritz, and suggests that a peace front comprising France, the Soviet Union, Great Britain, Poland and Romania would deter Germany from war.

Admiral Hipper Heavy cruiser
Commissioned 25 April 1939

M14 Minesweeper
Launched 25 April 1939

28 April 1939 In a speech before the Reichstag, Adolf Hitler renounces the Anglo-German Naval Agreement and the German–Polish Non-Aggression Pact. Finally, addressing United States of America President Franklin Roosevelt's letter of 14 April 1939, in which Franklin Roosevelt requested Germany to guarantee the borders of 31 nations, Adolf Hitler noted the result of the subsequent survey that revealed most of the nations Poland excluded responded that they were not at all threatened by Germany.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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