September 1939

Sep

18

1939

Tramp steamer ‘Kensington Court’ sunk by gunfire

At 12.38 hours on 18 Sep, 1939, the unescorted Kensington Court (Master Joseph Schofield) was stopped by U-32 with 13 shots of gunfire about 120 miles west of Lands End. The ship was sunk by a coup de grâce at 14.00 hours. The master and 34 crew members were rescued by a Sunderland aircraft (228 […]

Sep

17

1939

HMS Courageous torpedoed

The aircraft carrier HMS Courageous was on anti submarine patrol south of Ireland. She had despatched 4 Swordfish aircraft to aid another ship under attack by U Boat. She herself was then discovered and tracked by U-29.

Sep

17

1939

Soviet troops march into Poland

The Poles on the Front Line, an official Polish site, has many more photographs and details of the Polish military effort throughout World War II.

Sep

16

1939

Forced labour in Poland

No doubt forced to smile for the camera as well. The original German propaganda caption read For the first time they can make themselves useful. These kaftan-Polish Jews, whose only activity so far has been to stir up hatred against the Germans in volksbewußte of the most repulsive and insidious kind, now on the eastern […]

Sep

14

1939

The U-boat threat looms and the Red Army mobilises

It was estimated that seven submarines were operating in the east and Eastern and at Atlantic on eight September. Two more may have arrived there since. They displayed considerable activity and achieved some success.

Sep

12

1939

The German advance continues

Sep

11

1939

The British Expeditionary Force leaves for France

Polo ponies or not, the Captain did sail with the regiment from Dover (the Colonel was to follow on in a few days’ time), and the behaviour of the men showed this ranked second only to watching the English football finals: we were in high spirits and we very definitely wanted to go to war: The laughter and the joking never ceased, and it was just as well that we left England happily, because our return would be a pitiable one.

Sep

10

1939

HMS Oxley is sunk … by HMS Triton

” I then ordered the challenge to be made as soon as my sights were on and I knew the armament was ready, and the signalman made it slowly. No reply was received. After about 20 seconds I ordered the challenge to be made again. During this time I had been studying the submarine very closely indeed. “