The Road to War - June 1939

3 – The negotiations between France, Great Britain and Soviet Union come to a halt as the definition of aggression defended by the Russians (including indirect aggression concept) is considered too broad by the English. There is fear that it can be used as an excuse for expansionism of the soviets in Eastern Europe. This will be considered by the Soviets as weakness and will help Stalin to make the decision to negotite with Hitler instead.

4 – The ship St. Louis, carrying 907 Jewish refugees from Europe is prohibited to make landfall in Florida and turns back. Many of the passengers will die in nazi concentration camps.

14 – Japan blockades Tientsin’s British concession in China, almost bringing both countries into confrontation. Natural allies from the previous World War, many differences lay now between Japan and Great Britain.

24 – Siam becomes Thailand.


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