World Events

Posted in 1939

  • Civilians surrender to German soldiersGerman troops occupy Czechoslovakia. On September 1 Germany invades Poland and annexes Danzig.
  • September 3: Britain and France declare war; World War II begins. First enemy air raid on Britain September 6.
  • The Spanish Civil War ends after the Nationalists capture Barcelona and Madrid surrenders. Britain, France and USA recognise the Franco government.
  • USSR invades Finland and is expelled from the League of Nations; USA declares its neutrality.
  • Britain introduces National Identity Cards and conscription.
  • Wartime France Discovery of nuclear fission of uranium by German physicist Otto Hahn. It led to the production of the atomic bomb and to a virtually inexhaustible source of energy.