September 22 - Wartime shortages become usual as rationings begin

In Great Britain, gas begins to be rationed. Three days later, Germany will start the same with bread and flour. Food and other basic products rationing will be a constant in almost all involved countries and in others affected by the reduced international trade. Also many parks and small spots are tranformed into victory gardens to provide additional food to local families.

In Poland, Lvov surrenders to the Soviets and, in Brest-Litovsk, German and Russian troops parade together as the town is handed to the soviet forces.


September 21 - Romanian Prime Minister is assassinated

As a result of a tolerant and sympathetic attitude towards the Polish refugees and government officials, the Romanian Prime Minister, Armand Calinescu, is murdered by the Iron Guard, a fascist organization. The perpetrators are overpowered but the Premier will not survive.

Warsaw continues to be pounded by the Germans as utilities and basic services are shut down. Life in the besieged city is now almost impossible to bear but the atrocities on civilians will not stop. In the Polish occupied areas the deportation of minorities, mostly Jews, to the Ghettos begin…

President Roosevelt urges the Congress to allow United States to sell arms to belligerents nations as a way to “keep America out of the War”.


September 20 - Lublin falls at last

Lublin, one of the last Polish free cities outside Warsaw falls into German hands. Poland’s capital continues to be bombed by the Luftwaffe and bombarded by the Nazi artillery.

In the Western front, Royal Air Force and the Luftwaffe clash for the first time. In the border between Germany and France, Messerschmitt Me109s attack a squadron of Fairey Battle bombers. The score comes to 2 British planes down against 1German.

At sea, as the convoy system begins in the North Atlantic merchant routes, Allied navies become more aware of the submarine menace. On this day, the second U-Boot, the U-27, is sunk by depth charges from the HMS Fortune and HMS Forester.


September 19 - Massive Polish troops surrenders...

Without more conditions to keep fighting and with no contact left with the remnant Polish forces, the brave armies of Poznan and Pomorze surrender. Almost 170000 men give up fighting and bear down their weapons.

Many Polish soldiers and pilots flee to neighbour countris such as Hungary and Roumania.

Hitler makes his triunphant entrance in Dantzig.

Soviet and German invaders meet uo at Brest-Litovsk.


September 18 - Warsaw under heavy fire

Intense air raids and artillery bombardments mean that almost all resistance in Poland has ended and that the Germans are now concentrating on the Polish capital.

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