Friday, October 6, 1939 - Hitler offers peace to Britain and France

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In Berlin...
In a major speech to the Reichstag, Hitler speaks of his desire for peace with Britain and France. Hitler says that up to now he has done nothing more than correct the unjust Versailles Treaty and that he has no war aims against France or Britain. He blames warmongers like Churchill for the present state of affairs and calls for a European conference to meet and resolve the few remaining differences.

In Poland...
The last remnants of the Polish Army, some 8,000 men, surrender to German forces at Kock, in southeastern Poland.

In Finland...
The Finns mobilize their standing military forces.

In China...
Chinese forces repel Japanese forces to win the First Battle of Changsha. Over 40,000 Japanese troops are estimated to have died in the 11-day battle in which the Japanese expeditionary force suffers its first major setback against Chinese Nationalist forces since the fighting began 2 years ago. As well as heavy troop losses, the 120,000-strong Japanese force has also lost large quantities of arms as it was ambushed by Chinese troops defending Changsha, the capital of Hunan province.

Battle of Changsha
 

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Full speech fuhrer: http://www.humanitas-international.org/showcase/chronography/speeches/1939-10-06.html




About 100,000 Polish soldiers fleeing annihilation avoid most of Hungary, and will increase the allied forces .-
More than 700,000 were Polish war prisoners in German hands, Russia says 217,000 .-
German losses in the campaign: 10,572 dead, 3404 missing, 30,322 injured, 217 tanks, 285 aircraft .-
The Russians say the following losses to both army groups: 737 dead and 1859 injured .-

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