An ammunition chamber many levels below the heavy guns of the Maginot Line.
Western Europe!
 
 
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01/09/1939 Britain and France, instead of immediately declaring war against Germany look to Mussolini who had proposed an international conference to revise the Versailles treaty terms. In France, general mobilisation declared.
02/09/1939 Hitler indicates to the Britain and France that he would withdraw from Poland provided that he was allowed to retain Danzig and the Polish Corridor. This was dismissed and a joint ultimatum was given to Germany to withdraw her troops from Poland within twelve hours or find herself at war with Britain and France.
03/09/1939 After Germany rejects the Anglo-French ultimatum of 1st September, which called for the withdrawal of all German forces from Poland, France declares war on Germany.
05/09/1939 French forces begin a limited offensive towards Saarbrücken.
06/09/1939 General Smuts wins cabinet battle in South Africa and declares war on Germany.
07/09/1939 Nine divisions of the French Army penetrate in to the Saarland, but their advance is very slow and no effort is made to attack the 'Westwall' itself.
09/09/1939 Advance elements of the BEF begin to a arrive in France.
11/09/1939 Arrival of first British troops in France officially announced.
12/09/1939 First Anglo-French Supreme War Council convenes under Chamberlain and Daladier.
24/09/1939 Food rationing introduced in Germany on small scale.
25/09/1939 Heavy artillery duels flare on Western Front.
27/09/1939 Polish government-in-exile set up in Paris.
 
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06/10/1939 Hitler in a speech to the Reichstag announces the victorious conclusion of the Polish campaign and calls upon Britain and France to cease hostilities and come to terms with Germany. This is rejected by both the British and French government's.
09/10/1939 Hitler issues orders for the invasion of France and the Low Countries. This first plan called for the German Army to wheel through Belgium as they had done during World War One, although this time they were to invade Holland as well. Only the start date wasn't specified, although Hitler was thinking of November. However, bad weather and demands by his generals for more preparation time caused postponement until the following year.
11/10/1939 British Expeditionary Force on continent reaches strength of 158,000 in five weeks.
16/10/1939 Heavy German attack on Western Front halted.
17/10/1939 French troops are pushed back in the Saar region.
 
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07/11/1939 The Belgium and Dutch Monarch's emphasize their country's neutrality, but offer to act as peace negotiators. Hitler rejects the proposal, as do both Britain and France. Paul Thummel, a double agent, passes details of the German plans for the western offensive to the Czech government-in-exile.
08/11/1939 A bomb intended to kill Hitler explodes at the annual meeting of the veterans of the 1923 Nazi Putsch in Munich, but the Führer had already left the beer cellar. The German media accused Britain of orchestrating the assassination attempt on Hitler. Two British SIS agents, Major Richard Stevens and Captain S. Payne Best, are captured in Holland by the Germans.
17/11/1939 The Supreme Allied War Council agrees on the co-ordination of British and French war production. It is also decided that if the Germans should invade Belgium, then both British and French troops will move forward in to Belgium to defend the Albert Canal, River Meuse and the River Dyle, which were strong positions from which to meet any German attack. However, the Belgium government refuses to allow Allied reconnaissance parties in to country for fear of provoking the Germans.
 
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15/12/1939 A fifth British division arrives in France.
 
 
 
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