October 1939

Oct

28

1939

First German aircraft brought down on British soil

Thought to have been on a reconnaissance flight and brought down by RAF fighters, out of the crew of four, two were killed and one wounded.

Oct

27

1939

Further anti Jewish bureaucratic measures

“On Sundays all shops, including Jewish ones, will remain closed.”

Oct

26

1939

Luftwaffe planes shot down

‘In Germany many things are unobtainable, chocolate, for example. Everybody is afraid of his neighbour; concentration camps are the lot of those who complain. That is why the country appears to follow its rulers.’

Oct

24

1939

Official harassment of the Jewish population

It is hereby ordered that all shops whose owners are Jews must be kept open on Saturdays too.

Oct

22

1939

Reflections on the 'Maginot Line'

“… historically, purely defensive positions have never held out for long. Or hasn’t the French General Staff read Plutarch?”

Oct

22

1939

U-47 is celebrated in Germany

The sinking of the Royal Oak is a propaganda triumph for the Germans.

Oct

19

1939

H.M. Ships Southampton, Edinburgh and Mohawk hit

In an air raid on the Firth of Forth on 16 October, H.M.S. Southhampton was hit by one bomb, which pierced the upper deck and passed out through the ship’s side before exploding. H.M. ships Edinburgh and Mohawk were hit by splinters and sustained slight material damage.

Oct

19

1939

One German's view of the war

Among well-informed people in Berlin I noticed a good deal 
of despair. In wide circles there is still rejoicing over the “inspired chess move of the pact with Russia,” over the victories 
in Poland, over the performance of the submarines and the 
Air Corps against England. But among informed people there is growing awareness of our impending disaster.