Calendar and Summary for November 1939  
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  Summary of Significant Events for November 1939  
  Germany formally annexed western Poland, Danzig and the Polish Corridor.  The Soviet Union formally annexed part of occupied eastern Poland.  U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Neutrality Act of 1939, repealing the general embargo on arms and allowing the sale of arms to belligerents on a "cash and carry" basis.  The British Naval Attaché in Oslo, received an anonymous report offering German technical secrets.  The invasion of France, Belgium and the Netherlands - “Case Yellow” - was set and then would postponed because of bad weather beginning a pattern of delay by the Germans.  Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands and King Leopold III of Belgium issued an appeal for peace and offered themselves as mediators.  An assassination attempt was made on German Chancellor Adolf Hitler at a beer hall in Munich.  British, French, Belgian, and German troops in the field marked the twenty-first anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War I.  Finnish delegates returned to Helsinki from Moscow after negotiations failed to satisfy Soviet demands.  The Allied Supreme War Council met agreed to a plan which called for an immediate advance into Belgium if the Germans invaded that country.  The German battleships SMS Scharnhorst and  SMS Gneisenau sailed into the Iceland-Faroes passage on their first wartime sortie.  British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain announced that German merchant shipping would be seized in retaliation for its indiscriminate mine warfare.  Japanese forces entered Nanning despite fierce resistance by some 100,000 Chinese Nationalist troops.  The Soviets staged a border incident by firing 7 mortar shells into a field near the village of Mainila on the Karelian Isthmus and then accused Finland of aggressive behavior.  The Soviet Union invaded Finland along a 800 mile border from Ladoga to the Arctic Sea and initially were met with little resistance.  29 ships (77,799 tons) were sunk or captured and 1 ship (11,500 tons) was damaged by U-boats and mines during November 1939.  
  Events occurring in November 1939 with no specific dates  

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