Today In History- September 30

Today In History- September 30


The League of Nations unanimously outlaws "intentional bombings of civilian populations."

League of Nations forbids bombing of civilians in prelude to WWII.

  • Geneva, Switzerland

In preparation for the military advances of WWII, on September 30, 1938, the League of Nations formally forbade the bombing of civilian populations by military installations.  The lack of an armed force and collective agreement between unstable nations proved disastrous for this international organization in preventing the aggression of WWII.  Unfortunately, the League was powerless and silent during the period of German rearmament.  Beginning with the Nazi invasion of Poland in 1939, civilian bombing was commonplace among the Axis powers, eventually being used for coercion in negotiating surrenders and military alliances.

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