Launched 6 August 1939 M11
Commissioned 7 August 1939 M12
Commissioned 21 August 1939
On the 23 August 1939 German
Soviet pact of nonaggression is signed in Moscow by Joachim
and Molotoff in the presence of Joseph Stalin.
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.
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
returned from Moscow, and immediately went to see Adolf
24 August 1939.
On the 24th August 1939 all British subjects
are warned to leave Germany. Albert
proclaims himself head of state of Danzig 24 August 1939.
On the 25 August 1939 Sir Neville Henderson called upon Adolf
at the latter's request, as also did the French, Italian and Japanese
On the 25 August 1939 Anglo Polish agreement of mutual assistance
signed in London. Adolf
cancelled the Tannenberg celebrations On the 25 August 1939.
On the 25 August 1939 Mussolini and Adolf
were engaged in several important telephone communications.
On the 25 August 1939 Present Roosevelt sent messages to Adolf
, 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
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
On the 26 August 1939 the reply was considered at a meeting
of the Cabinet at which Sir Neville was present. Adolf
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
, 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
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
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
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
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
Sunk 27 August 1939
On the 28 August 1939 the British
government's reply to Adolf
, 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.
Commissioned 28 August 1939 Adolf
On the 29 August 1939 handed to Sir Neville Henderson his reply to
the British letter, making at the same time verbal explanations.
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
last communication and sent a reply to Berlin, which was founded
shortly after midnight by Sir Neville Henderson. Adolf
On the 30 August 1939 issued a decree setting of a council of ministers
for the defence of the state. Hermann
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.
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
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