who really was the first to help poland?
Here’s the basic timeline:
1 September 4:43am first shots fired, in Gdansk, first death.
1 September (early evening?) British and French representatives met with German Foreign Minister Ribbentrop warning of war if German forces did not withdraw from Polish territory.
2 September Polish Prime Minister Feliclen Slawoj-Skladkowski addresses parliament: “... the unconquerable Polish Army will defeat the historic enemy of our country and crush Teutonic arrogance.”
3 September 9:00 (Berlin time), Sir Neville Henderson, Britain’s ambassador to Germany, delivered an ultimatum stating that if hostilities did not stop by 11 AM (London time), a state of war would exist between Great Britain and Germany.
3 September 11:15 (London time) Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain on the radio to announce to the British people that they were at war with Germany.
3 September 11:17 The British Admiralty issues orders to all ships to open hostilities against Germany.
3 September 12:15 (Berlin time) French Ambassador Robert Coulondre informs Joachim von Ribbentrop that at 17:00 (Berlin time) hours France would be in a state of war with Germany.
3 September 12:00 A Bristol Blenheim IV (N6215) of No.139 Squadron is the first Royal Air Force aircraft to cross the German frontier after war is declared. Flown by Flying Officer A. McPherson, it carries out a photographic and visual reconnaissance of German naval ports.
3 September afternoon RAF Bomber Command conducts the Royal Air Force's first operational sorties of the Second World War, when eighteen Handley Page Hampdens and nine Vickers Wellingtons of RAF Bomber Command undertake a search for German naval shipping. However, they do not locate any targets and all return safely.
3 September 15:00 (Berlin time) Polish president Isnaz Moscieki declares Poland is under a state of war with Germany.
3 September 20:30 (Berlin time) Premier Edouard Daladier announces officially by radio that a state of war exists with Germany.
4 September 15:30 Following a second reconnaissance sortie by Flying Officer McPherson, fourteen Vickers Wellingtons of No.9 and No.149 Squadrons and fifteen Bristol Blenheims of Nos. 107, 110 and 139 Squadrons are despatched to attack German warships at Brunsbüttel, Wilhelmshaven and the Schillig Roads. Five planes of each type are lost. A Blenheim piloted by Flying Officer H.L. Emden crashes on the deck of the German cruiser of the same name. Two of the Wellingtons fail to find Brunsbüttel and instead bomb Esjberg in neutral Denmark, 110 miles north of their intended target.
5 September The Polish government moves from Warsaw to Lublin, 100 miles south-east, as German forces advance to with 31 miles of the city.
7 September Eleven French divisions advanced along a 32 km line near Saarbrücken against weak German opposition. The French army had advanced to a depth of eight kilometres and captured about 20 villages evacuated by the German army, without any resistance
10 September The British Expeditionary Force (BEF), consisting of some 158,000 men, leaves for France. Canada joins the list of Commonwealth countries to declare war against Germany.
17 September USSR invades Poland.