War Diary October 2nd to October 8th 1939

Monday October 2nd

  • M Munters, Latvian Foreign Minister arrived in Moscow at the invitation of Molotov.
  • A Soviet military mission arrived in Tallinn, Estonia to discuss mutual relations.
  • RAF planes flew over Berlin during a night reconnaissance flight.
  • The French High Command reported that local enemy attacks had been repulsed.
  • US Senate opened the debate on the Neutrality Bill.
  • British freighter ‘Clement’ reported to have been sunk by a German armed raiser of a vessel termed as a ‘Cruiser’.
  • Belgian steamer ‘Suzon’ sunk during Sunday night by a U-boat.
  • Swedish steamer ‘Gun’ reported sunk in the Skagerak by a U-boat.
  • Twenty three tribunals began to deal with the 50,000 enemy aliens registered in the London area.

Tuesday October 3rd

  • Count Ciano returned from Berlin and reported to the Italian Cabinet.
  • Mr Chamberlain stated in the House of Commons that nothing in the German “peace offensive” could modify the attitude which Great Britain had felt it right to take.
  • German territory occupied by the French was announced by the French High Command to total 154 miles.
  • M Sarajoglu, Turkish Foreign Minister, still in Moscow and stated to be awaiting instructions from Ankara on the proposals of the Soviet Government.
  • The Turkish military mission arrived in London and began discussions on matters of common interest to Great Britain and Turkey.
  • The Lithuanian Foreign Minister, M Urbys, arrived in Moscow at the invitation of Molotov.
  • It was reported that a Dominican coast guard cutter, caught refueling a U-boat, had been sunk by a French cruiser.

Wednesday October 4th

  • German Reichstag summoned to meet on Friday.
  • Karlsruhe said to have been evacuated, the seventh German city behind the Siegfried line to be converted into a military base.
  • German High Command reported that fighting was still taking place against isolated Polish detachments near the line of demarcation.
  • Italy maintained complete silence on the subject of the Hitler-Ciano meeting in Berlin.
  • Mr Eden announced that the Dominion Governments are each sending a Cabinet Minister to London to confer with the British Government on the co-ordination of resources.
  • The crew of a greek ship Diamantis, which had been torpedoed the day before, were landed by the U-boat on the west coast of Ireland.
  • Germans were reported to have captured four Swedish steamers in the Baltic.
  • British steamer ‘Glen Farg’ sunk by U-boat.

Thursday October 5th

  • French command reported a 7-hour battle in the Moselle Valley.
  • Hitler flew to Warsaw to review Nazi troops who had taken part in the Seige.
  • A pact of mutual assistance between the Soviet Union and Latvia was signed in Moscow.
  • Soviet-Turkish talks reported to be held up.
  • French submarine arrived safely in port with a German merchant ship captured 1,000 miles from the coast.
  • Washington announced that a warning of the imminent sinking in the same manner as the ‘Athenia’ of the American Steamer ‘Iroquois’ had been received from the head of the German navy.
  • Mr Chamberlain consulted with the T.U.C. leader on war work control.
  • The Ministry of Information issued the account of the escape and safe return of a British submarine practically disabled by enemy depth charges.
  • Swedish Government announced that 100 cargo steamers would be armed for coastal patrol.

Friday October 6th

  • The Admiralty made a strong protest against the “Warning” by Admiral Raeder with regard to the American steamer ‘Iroquois’. Washington reported that US destroyers had been sent to meet the vessel as a precautionary measure.
  • Hitler announced his “peace” plan to the Reichstag. It included the proposal that a conference should be held to discuss questions arising out of the “collapse” of Poland, Germany’s claims to colonies and the limiting of armaments.
  • A statement was later issued on the Authority of the British Government that, although his proposals were “vague and obscure” they would be carefully examined, but that something more than words would be required from the German Government to establish confidence in Europe.
  • A conference of the Allied Commands was held in France.

Saturday October 7th

  • Twelve German raids on the Western Front were repulsed during the night and early morning.
  • There was a series of artillery action on both sides between the Moselle and the Saar.
  • The Dutch steamer ‘bennendijk’ bound from New York to Rotterdam, sunk by unrecognised means in the English Channel.
  • Red Cross and St John Fund for the Sick and Wounded reached the quarter million mark.
  • Reported that £5,000,000 British loan to Poland was being used for war purposes by the Polish Government recently established in France.

Sunday October 8th

  • HM the King returned from a two-day visit to the Home Fleet.
  • Nazi trade delegation arrived in Moscow.
  • German flying boat brought down after a combat with a North Sea RAF patrol.
  • Paris reported that French artillery were engaged in repulsing German patrol attacks.
  • Finland under pressure, decided to send a delegate to Moscow to discuss political and economic problems.
  • Canada announced that a division of 20,000 men would leave for overseas early next year.
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