On this day, in an attempt to counter Hitler’s invasion of Poland, Britain and France, both allies of the overrun nation Poland, declare war on Germany. Despite this anouncment, the first attack was not against the Germans, rather the Germans attacking the British ocean liner 'athenia'. This ship was sunk by a German U-30 submarine. out of the 1100 passengers on board, 112 lost their lives. In response to this, Britian only simply dropped 13 tons of anti-Nazi propaganda leaflets.