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August 1939

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T10 Torpedo boat
Launched 6 August 1939

M11 Minesweeper
Commissioned 7 August 1939

M12 Minesweeper
Commissioned 21 August 1939

On the 23 August 1939 German Soviet pact of nonaggression is signed in Moscow by Joachim von Ribbentrop and Molotoff in the presence of Joseph Stalin.

On the 23 August 1939 Sir Neville Henderson, British Ambassador to Germany, delivered to Adolf Hitler a message from the British government and a personal letter from the Prime Minister.

On the 23 August 1939 King Leopold of Belgium broadcast an appeal for peace to all nations on behalf of seven small states.

On the 24 August 1939 Parliament met and passed the emergency powers (defence) act.

On the 24 August 1939 President Roosevelt sent an appeal to King Victor Emmanuel, urging the calling of a peace conference.

On the 24 August 1939 the Pope broadcast an appeal for peace.

Joachim von Ribbentrop returned from Moscow, and immediately went to see Adolf Hitler 24 August 1939.

On the 24th August 1939 all British subjects are warned to leave Germany.

Albert Forster proclaims himself head of state of Danzig 24 August 1939.

On the 25 August 1939 Sir Neville Henderson called upon Adolf Hitler at the latter's request, as also did the French, Italian and Japanese envoys.

On the 25 August 1939 Anglo Polish agreement of mutual assistance signed in London.

Adolf Hitler cancelled the Tannenberg celebrations On the 25 August 1939.

On the 25 August 1939 Mussolini and Adolf Hitler were engaged in several important telephone communications.

On the 25 August 1939 Present Roosevelt sent messages to Adolf Hitler, and the Polish President urging settlement of differences by direct negotiation, arbitration or conciliation at the hands of a disinterested power.

On the 25 August 1939 all Germans advised by their embassy to leave Great Britain.

On the 25 August 1939 all German merchant ships. Ordered by their governments to remain in or return to German ports.

On the 26 August 1939 Sir Neville Henderson flew to London with a message from Adolf Hitler.

On the 26 August 1939 the reply was considered at a meeting of the Cabinet at which Sir Neville was present.

Adolf Hitler received the French ambassador after a day of consultation with his advisers, 26 August 1939 .

On the 26 August 1939 the NSDAP party rally (Congress of peace) at Nuremberg was cancelled.

On the 26 August 1939 Germany gave assurances of respect for the frontiers of Belgium, Holland and Switzerland.

On the 26 August 1939 continued telephone conversations between Mussolini and Adolf Hitler.

On the 26 August 1939 President Roosevelt made a second appeal to Adolf Hitler, for the maintenance of peace, enclosing a reply from the Polish President.

On the 27 August 1939 the British Cabinet met to consider the reply to Adolf Hitler's proposals.

Adolf Hitler rejected a proposal from M Daladier that one more attempt should be made at direct negotiation between Germany and Poland, 27 August 1939.

On the 27 August 1939 at the conclusion of the letter Adolf Hitler made clear that the demand for Danzig, and the corridor must be returned to the Third Reich

On the 27 August 1939 rationing introduced in Germany, the rationing of many foodstuffs as well's textiles and boots and shoes was introduced by decree. On this day, and the appropriate cards have been distributed throughout the Reich.
Food will be allocated at the following allowances each week
Meats, 25 ounces
Butter, margarine or oil, 15 ounces
Sugar, 10 ounces
Jam, 4 ounces
Coffee or coffee substitute, 2 ounces
Tea substitute, threequarters of an ounce
Milk, 2 1/2 pints
Soap, 1 ounce
Eggs, potatoes cocoa, and bread are also included on the rationing cards but no controls at present are imposed.

On the 27 August 1939 the entire German Polish frontier was close to railway traffic.

On the 27 August 1939 the French now stated that they had about 3,000,000 men under arms.

Tiger Torpedo boat
Sunk 27 August 1939

On the 28 August 1939 the British government's reply to Adolf Hitler, was delivered to him by Sir Neville Henderson.

On the 28 August 1939 defence regulations, made under the emergency powers (defence) act, were issued by the Stationery office.

On the 28 August 1939 the Mediterranean was closed to British ships on orders from the Admiralty.

On the 28 August 1939 the government of Holland. Ordered the mobilisation of her armed forces.

Z13 Erich Koellner Destroyer
Commissioned 28 August 1939

Adolf Hitler On the 29 August 1939 handed to Sir Neville Henderson his reply to the British letter, making at the same time verbal explanations.

On the 29 August 1939 the reply was immediately transmitted in code to London.

On the 29 August 1939 it was stated in Berlin that the British proposal or direct negotiation between Germany and Poland had been accepted provided that a Polish diplomat arrived in Berlin within 24 hours.

On the 29 August 1939 at a brief sitting of both houses of parliament statements on the crisis were made by Lord Halifax and the Prime Minister.

On the 29 August 1939 Germany occupied Slovakia as protection from the Polish.

On the 29 August 1939 Poland issued a protest Re: Germany occupying Slovakia.

On the 29 August 1939 the diplomatic representatives of Great Britain, France and Poland accepted an offer of mediation made jointly by Queen Wilhelmina and King Leopold.

On the 30 August 1939 the Polish, declined to send a diplomat under menace.

On the 30 August 1939 the Cabinet considered Adolf Hitler's last communication and sent a reply to Berlin, which was founded to Joachim von Ribbentrop shortly after midnight by Sir Neville Henderson.

Adolf Hitler On the 30 August 1939 issued a decree setting of a council of ministers for the defence of the state.

Hermann Göring On the 30 August 1939 was appointed chairman and invested with very wide powers.

On the 31 August 1939 the Soviet German pact was ratified by the supreme Council in Moscow.

On the 31st August 1939 the German government broadcast a 16 point plan for a settlement with Poland.

On the 31st August 1939 in spite of the fact that this was the first time that the Polish government heard of them, it was stated that the German government had waited in vain for two days before the arrival of a Polish negotiator, and therefore considered that the proposals had been rejected.

On the 31st August 1939 the British fleet is mobilised.

On the 31st August 1939 the French railway system came under military control.

On the 31st August 1939 the Pope made a new peace appeal, notes being handed to all envoys of foreign countries attached to the Vatican.

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The Second Great War.
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The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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