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This Day in WWII 09-13-1939 - 1945


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1101430913_400.jpg Dwight D. Eisenhower (READ COVER STORY)

1939: HMAS Hobart and five RAN destroyers leave Australia, bound for Britain.

1939: 60,000 Polish troops who are trapped in the Radom pocket surrender.

1940: Buckingham Palace again bombed; Royal Chapel wrecked.

1940: 5 Italian divisions and 200 tanks in Cyrenaica under Marshal Graziani, cross the Libyan/Egyptian border and advance toward Sidi Barrani in Egypt. The 7th Armoured and 4th Indian Divisions have orders to withdraw as far as Mersa Matruh and then stand and fight.

1941: German High Command announces that Russian POWs will get less rations than other nationalities.

1941: Japanese war games conclude.

1942: Sixth Army begins its final effort to take Stalingrad.

1942: British desert raids reach Benghazi and Barer. A combined forces attack on Tobruk is also made.

dinahshoresm.jpg Dinah Shore

1943: Heavy German counter-attacks by six divisions round Salerno, forces the Fifth Army back to within five miles of beaches. The allies consider an evacuation. The battle for supremacy in the Aegean begins with an Allied raid on Rhodes.

1943: The Chinese Parliament at Kuomingtang, elects General Chiang Kai-shek as President of Chinese Republic.

1944: The U.S. Ninth Army is engaged in heavy fighting as the German garrison keeps up its resistance at Brest.

1944: The Canadians take Coriano Ridge in the Gothic Line.

1944: The Russians reach the Polish-Czechoslovak border. The Romanians sign an Armistice with the Russians.

1945: Iran demands the withdrawal of Allied forces.

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