SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, 1939
Sea War Atlantic: (MAIN EVENT) BATTLESHIP ROYAL OAK SUNK (833 dead) in 'impregnable' anchorage of Scapa Flow, Orkney Islands, by U-47 from Guenther Prien. British Home Fleet subsequently retires to Loch Ewe (West Scotland).
Polish submarine Orzel reaches British waters after amazing escape from Baltic.
Picture: Battleship Royal Oak.
Western Front: General Gamelin, French CinC, issues melodramatic Order of the Day predicting a massive German offensive 'at any moment'.
Neutrals Finland: Military mobilization.
Secret War: Escaped Polish Intelligence team resume code-breaking operations with their highly secret replicas of the German Enigma machine in France. The Poles had supplied one replica each to Britain and France on July 25.