Talk:Timeline of World War II (1939)

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Ordinals for dates[edit]

The first time I read this page I had read a full screen's worth of text before I realised that the numbers that prefix paragraphs are dates. I was reading times, but couldn't work out at first which dates those times related to. For the sake of clarity, may I suggest using ordinals? (e.g. 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.) NostinAdrek (talk) 12:59, 8 September 2010 (UTC)


For 2nd September 1939 it says this "The National Service (Armed Forces) Act (1939) was enacted immediately and enforced full conscription on all males between 18 and 41 resident in the UK." Then at the 2nd December 1939 it says this "British conscription is increased to cover men from 19 to 41." So basically saying that conscription covered all males from 18 to 41, and then was later increased to cover males from 19 to 41. What is wrong here? -OOPSIE- (talk) 02:28, 6 September 2009 (UTC)

And what's even crazier is that the page for 1940 says this under 9th of May "Conscription in Britain extended to age 36." So we've expanded from 18-41 to 19-41, and now to 19-36. We're expanding backwards! -OOPSIE- (talk) 02:33, 6 September 2009 (UTC)
Okay, I came back and decided to check more years. For 3rd of December 1941 it says "3: Conscription in the United Kingdom now includes all men between 18 and 50. Women will not be neglected since they will serve in fire brigades and in women's auxiliary groups." Got that? Finally the age range has increased, but this time it neglects to say it HAS increased. It just gives the new age range. But then...! 5th of March 1942 it says "New conscription laws in the United Kingdom include women and men up to the age of 45." So we've just increased the conscription age of men from 50 to 45. Yes, we're raising it downwards again. Can this get any worse? You bet! 22nd Octobober 1942 it says "22: Conscription age in Britain reduced to 18." So this actually might be true with it saying 19 earlier, but who knows what is true any more?! It's a total mess -OOPSIE- (talk) 05:28, 15 September 2009 (UTC)

Pius XII[edit]

You state that "(october) 27: Pope Pius XII's encyclical condemns racism and dictatorships." Normally you should quote the name of the encyclical. I'm afraid you are referring to Pius XI's famous encyclical "mit Brennender Sorge", which dates from 1937. For the record, Pius XII has been largely acknowledged as pro german, and pro nazI.Alexandre Rongellion (talk) 20:43, 24 May 2010 (UTC) ON Wikipedia's Pius XII's page, on the contrary, it is stated that Pius XII refused to condemn the Poland invasion, which was considered as a betrayal by Polish catholics. If there is no further remark or opposition, I propose to cancel that entry, and change it with a quotation from Wikipedia's Pius XII page : " Pius XII's refusal to censure the German invasion and annexation of Poland was regarded as a "betrayal" by many Polish Catholics and clergy " Alexandre Rongellion (talk) 20:53, 24 May 2010 (UTC)

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