November 1939

Europe At War - the French front - Dogfights, reconnaissance and Brandy.

November 8-9, 1939 – Europe: Week 9 – A War Of Chases And Skirmishes –

November 1939
Europe At War – the French front – Dogfights, reconnaissance and Brandy.

News Reports from France – November 8-9, 1939 – Mutual – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –

November 8-9, 1939 – The Phony War on the Western Front continues. The Dutch believe the date of the invasion is November 12, due to Hans Oster’s leak to their military attaché. They cancel Army leave, reinforce the border and prepare to flood strategic areas. On the French border, German troops reinforce the Siegfried Line. German probing attacks stimulate French rifle and artillery fire.

Two reports, filed from Paris, tell of preparations and a few skirmishes, mostly from the air. But for all the reports of stepped up attacks, a feeling this war may be a repeat of the last one and it has no one clamoring to get things started. Some felt the invasion of Poland was a fluke and that the war was on hold until supplies arrived. In the meantime, British and French Anti-aircraft batteries dotting the countryside gave an almost bucolic picture of Country life near the Siegfried Line, broken up by the occasional burst of anti-aircraft fire or an overhead dogfight, a distant explosion.

The reports were lending some aspect of credence to the notion of a phony war, if it weren’t for ominous reports of troop buildup on the French border or increased activity in the waters around Britain by way of U-Boats or an uptick in sunk Merchant ships. It was that pause before the next big thing arrived that had many wondering what 1940 was going to be looking like.

But for the time being all was relatively calm as reported on November 8 and 9, 1939 by Mutual via the BBC.




As you know, we’ve suspended our ads in order to make Past Daily a better experience for you without all the distractions and pop-ups. Because of that, we’re relying more on your support through Patreon to keep us up and running every day. For as little as $2.00 a month you can make a huge difference as well as be able to download all of our posts for free (news, history, music). You’ll see a banner just below. Click on that and become a subscriber – it’s easy, painless and does a world of good.

Liked it? Take a second to support gordonskene on Patreon!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.