Wehrmacht History 1935 to 1945


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January 1939

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Events On This Day

Z24 Destroyer
Laid down 2 January 1939

Adolf Hitler met Polish Foreign Minister Józef Beck at Berchtesgaden in southern Germany, on 5 January 1939, and in a friendly manner, discussed that Danzig was German, and it was in his interest to one day see it return within German borders.

On 5 January 1939, The Spanish Civil War, The Republican army starts a diversionary offensive in Estremadura, the Valsequillo Offensive.

On 6 January 1939, Naturwissenschaften publishes evidence that nuclear fission has been achieved by Otto Hahn.

Scharnhorst Battleship
Commissioned 7 January 1939

Otto Ciliax
Takes command of the Battleship Scharnhorst on 7 January 1939 to 23 September 1939

Lützow Heavy cruiser
Launched 7 January 1939

M8 Minesweeper
Commissioned 11 January 1939

Z19 Hermann Künne Destroyer
Commissioned 12 January 1939

M5 Minesweeper
Commissioned 14 January 1939

On 15 January 1939, The Spanish Civil War, France once again allows arms to flow to the Republic.

Seydlitz Heavy cruiser
Launched 19 January 1939

On 23 January 1939, Dutch War Scare, Admiral Wilhelm Canaris of the Abwehr leaks misinformation to the effect that the Wehrmacht plans to invade the Netherlands in February 1939, with the aim of using Dutch airfields to launch a strategic bombing offensive against United Kingdom. The Dutch War Scare leads to a major change in British policies towards Europe.

21 January 1939 Czechoslovakian foreign minister visited Adolf Hitler in Berlin, Germany. Adolf Hitler demanded Czechoslovakia to decrease the size of its military, to hand over a large portion of its gold reserves to be stored in Germany, and to begin excluding Jews in society.

On 26 January 1939,The Spanish Civil War, Barcelona falls to the Nationalists.

Adolf Hitler on 27 January 1939, orders Plan Z, a 5 year naval expansion programme intended to provide for a huge Kriegsmarine fleet capable of taking on the Royal Navy by 1944. The Kriegsmarine is given the first priority on the allotment of German economic resources.

Adolf Hitler On 30 January 1939 in a speech to the Reichstag said. Only the warmongers think there will be a war. I think there will be a long period of peace.

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Z24 Destroyer

Scharnhorst Battleship

Lützow Heavy cruiser

Z19 Hermann Künne Destroyer

Seydlitz Heavy cruiser

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