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October 30, 1939: Defective Torpedoes


Monday 30 October 1939



30 October 1939 worldwartwo.filminspector.com German American Bund New York City
The German-American Bund marches in New York City, 30 October 1939.

Western Front: There is local activity, including artillery fire, but no major operations on 30 October 1939.

Battle of the Atlantic: U-56 torpedoes British battleship HMS Nelson, but the two torpedoes are defective and fail to explode. Nelson is the flagship of the Home Fleet, and its loss would have been of immense propaganda value.

Defective torpedoes have been a problem for the Germans since the beginning of the war. Several German U-boat attacks have failed, and U-boats lost, because of them. U-boat Captains are returning from missions furious with anger at lost opportunities and the resultant peril of detection. German technicians at the Torpedo Directorate are working furiously to isolate the problem and find a solution, which seems to have something to do with the detonators. No solution is yet in sight, but reports from the field are flowing in about the continuing problem.

U-59 (Oberleutnant zur See Harald Jürst) sinks the British anti-submarine trawler HMS Northern Rover west of the Shetland Islands. There are no survivors, 27 perish.

U-13 (Kapitänleutnant Karl Daublebsky von Eichhain) torpedoes and sinks 4,666 ton British merchant Cairnmona. Three die, 42 survive. It is part of convoy HX-5.

U-37 (Kapitänleutnant Werner Hartmann) stops 3,693 ton freighter Thrasyvoulos, finds contraband, disembarks the crew, and sinks it.

The City of Flint makes it back to Tromsø. The Norwegians decide to put an end to the saga, which is causing an international incident. They provide the ship with an armed escort to make sure that the freighter leaves Norwegian waters and does not continue provoking the British.

The British Admiralty reports that two of its destroyers were attacked by German bombers south of the Dogger Bank, with no damage.

The British detain the US freighter Scanpenn in the Orkneys, and they detain the US freighter Hybert at the Downs.

European Air Operations: Various reports of Luftwaffe reconnaissance over northeast and southeast England, but no shoot-downs. There also are Luftwaffe reconnaissance flights over France.

The RAF, in turn, makes reconnaissance flights over north German airfields.

German/Soviet Relations: A Soviet purchasing mission places orders for German warships, ship engines and turrets.

British Government: There is a government White Paper on the conditions in German concentration camps and mistreatement of Poles, Jews and others..

Poland: The USSR formally annexes its share of occupied Poland.

Latvia: Germany and Latvia sign a treaty for the evacuation of ethnic Germans from Latvia.

British Homefront: "The Lion Has Wings" is released. It is the first film about the current conflict and has actual war footage.

American Homefront: The German American Bund, which is very active on Long Island, has a parade on East 86th Street in Manhattan. The organization also goes by the name German American Federation (German: Amerikadeutscher Bund, also Amerikadeutscher Volksbund).

Future History: Grace Slick is born in Highland Park, Illinois. She becomes famous as a singer with the Jefferson Airplane (later Starship) in the 1960s.

30 October 1939 worldwartwo.filminspector.com Grace Slick
Grace Slick in twenty years.

October 1939

October 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

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