Thursday 19 October 1939
|Newsmen atop a Maginot Line fort in rainy weather, 19 October 1939.|
Western Front: The weather turns sour on 19 October 1939, and there are floods along the line.
The OKH at Zossen issues a preliminary plan for the invasion of France, which is still expected to take place in 1939. It calls for a Schlieffen Plan-like right hook through the low countries.
European Air Operations: A mysterious German balloon lands in Cruden Aberdeenshire. Two German crewmen of a downed bomber come ashore at Whitby. Sir Kingsley Wood returns to London after inspecting RAF operations in France.
Battle of the Atlantic: German vessel Bikaya is captured off of Iceland by the Royal Navy armed merchant cruiser Scotstoun. The German vessel Gonzenheim is scuttled to avoid a similar fate.
On neutrality patrol, the US gunboat USS Erie arrives on station off Manzanillo, Mexico to monitor the German freighter Havelland.
Convoy OA 22 departs from Southend.
Convoy OB 22 departs from Liverpool.
Turkey: Turkey signs an Anglo-French-Turkish Treaty of Mutual Assistance, good for a 15-year term. It provides for military assistance if a European power attacks the signatories, so long as Turkey does not have to fight the Soviet Union. The real interest of Turkey is not choosing between Hitler and the West, it is about Russia, with which Turkey has a long, deadly history. Turkey receives back some territory in northern Syria that she lost after World War I which has been under French mandate.
Poland: Hitler officially incorporates western Poland into the Reich.
Sweden: The Scandinavian heads of State meeting in Stockholm broadcast a message of solidarity.
German Government: Adolf Hitler's personal pilot Hans Bauer has told the Fuhrer that he would like a fast Focke Wulf 200 Condor in place of the slow Junkers Ju 52 that Hitler has been using. Today, a specially outfited Fw 200 is delivered to the Fuhrer's private air force Fliegerstaffel des Fuehrers. It includes such amenities as an ejection seat with parachute for Hitler.
British Government: The British Ministry of Transport releases a report stating that in September, due to the blackout, persons killed on the roads almost doubled, from 617 to 1,130.
Contraband seized for the week ending 14 October 1939 totals 23,000 tons.
Holocaust: In order to coordinate the seizure of property from Jews and other Poles in Poland, Hermann Goering creates the Haupttreuhandstelle Ost (HTO), or the Main Trustee Office for the East. It is staffed by officials of the Deutsche and Dresdner banks.
American Military: Four Navy flyers are killed when two bombers collide over San Diego.
American Homefront: More fallout from Charles Lindbergh's America First broadcast: boxer Gene Tunney of all people castigates Lindbergh for having accepted an award from Hermann Goering during a visit to Germany, and portrays Lindbergh as "deserting" England.
"Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" opens, starring Jimmy Stewart and Jean Arthur.
|A typical Third Reich publication glorifying the Luftwaffe, 19 October 1939.|
October 1939October 1, 1939: Occupation of Warsaw
October 2, 1939: Hel Peninsula Falls
October 3, 1939: The Diamantis Incident
October 4, 1939: Otto Kretschmer Gets Rolling
October 5, 1939: Polish Resistance Ends
October 6, 1939: Hitler Peace Effort
October 7, 1939: The British Have Arrived
October 8, 1939: First RAF Kill from UK
October 9, 1939: "City of Flint" Incident
October 10, 1939: Lithuania Under Pressure
October 11, 1939: The Atomic Age Begins
October 12, 1939: England Rejects Hitler's Peace Offer
October 13, 1939: Charles Lindbergh Speaks Out
October 14 1939: Royal Oak Sunk
October 15, 1939: Cuban Rockets
October 16, 1939: First Aircraft Shot Down Over UK
October 17, 1939: Marshall Mannerheim Returns
October 18, 1939: Prien Receives His Award
October 19, 1939: Preliminary Plan for Fall Gelb
October 20, 1939: Hitler Grapples with the Jews
October 21, 1939: Hurricanes to the Rescue!
October 22, 1939: Goebbels Lies Through His Teeth
October 23, 1939: Norway the Center of Attention
October 24, 1939: German "Justice" Gets Rolling
October 25, 1939: Handley Page Halifax Bomber First Flies
October 26, 1939: Jozef Tiso Takes Slovakia
October 27, 1939: King Leopold Stands Firm
October 28, 1939 - First Luftwaffe Raid on Great Britain
October 29, 1939: Tinkering with Fall Gelb
October 30, 1939: Defective Torpedoes
October 31, 1939: Molotov Issues an Ultimatum