On 6 December 1938, Foreign Minister Joachim
visits Paris, where he is allegedly informed by French Foreign
Minister Georges Bonnet that France now recognises all of Eastern Europe as being
in Germany's exclusive sphere of influence. Bonnet's alleged statement, Bonnet
always denied making the remark to Joachim
is a major factor in German policy in 1939. Z11
Bernd von Arnim
Commissioned 6 December 1938 Z18
Commissioned 8 December 1938 Graf
Launched 8 December 1938 M3
Commissioned 10 December 1938
On 11 December 1938, Kingdom
of Yugoslavia parliamentary election, The opposition gains votes but not seats.
Following elections in the Lithuanian city of Memel the Lithuanian National Socialist
Party wins over 90% of the votes.
On 17 December 1938, Otto Hahn along
with Lise Meitner discovers the nuclear fission of Uranium, the scientific and
technological basis of nuclear energy, which marks the beginning of the Atomic
On 23 December 1938, The battle for Barcelona begins. A six pronged
Nationalist attack is launched, with separate columns from the Pyrenees to the
Ebro. They take Borges Blanques, surround Tarragona and reach the outskirts of
Barcelona. The Republican government retreats from Barcelona to Girona, although
troops continue to maintain the defence of the city. Go To: January
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