September 2, 1939
The town of Tczew was taken by the German 3rd Army. In an attempt to stop German advancements across the Vistula, Polish units destroyed the city's vital bridge. When the German task force, Group Medem was unable to seize a crossing they called in Army Group North to effect crossings at Gniew and near Marianwerder. The German 3rd Army Corps kept the bridge under constant artillery fire while trying to fight off fierce Polish counter-attacks during it's advance toward Grudziaz.
|Poles destroyed bridge at Tczew|
Fighting continues at Westerplatte where German units are making renewed efforts to defeat the Polish fighters. A massive 2-wave air raid of 60 Junkers JU 87 Stuka dive bombers took out the Polish mortars. A Polish guardhouse was completely destroyed after it was hit by a 500 kg bomb. A total of 26.5 tons of bombs were dropped on Westerplatte today, smoke being seen for miles around. At least 8 Polish soldiers were killed.
The town of Wielun in central Poland surrendered. German bombers destroyed most of the town center including a clearly marked hospital and the historic Gothic church. Three quarters of the town was destroyed. Nearly 1,300 civilians were killed. No Polish military units were present at the time.
|Wielun in the first hours after bombing|
|British anti-war protesters|
A fleet numbering 10 bomber squadrons of the British RAF Advanced Striking Force touched down on French soil today. The French Parliament has also convened an emergency session to deliberate on how to oppose Germany and fulfill it's obligation to Poland. They will join Britain in sending Germany an ultimatum.
|Britains Bomber, the Armstrong Whitworth Whitely|
A 5-power peace conference proposed by Mussolini several days ago was rejected by Hitler. Meanwhile the German government announced that Norwegian neutrality would be respected provided that Britain and France do the same. The governments of Italy and Ireland both declared neutrality while Switzerland has ordered a general mobilization.
|Mussolini and HItler|
|L-R: Chamberlain, Daladier, Hitler, Mussolini and Ciano (Munich Agreement 1938)|