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This Day in WWII 10-21-1939 - 1945


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mariemac3.jpg Marie McDonald

1939: The Luftwaffe starts attacks against North Atlantic convoys.

1939: As war heats up with Germany, the British war cabinet holds its first meeting in the underground war room in London.

1939: The Germans start deporting Poles from Posen (Poznan), largest city of western Poland (250,000 people), in their attempt at establishing "pure and Germanic provinces" in Poland.

1940: Churchill broadcasts to France, ‘Frenchmen rearm your spirits before it is too late.’

1941: Units of 6th Army capture Stalino in the industrial Donets Basin.

1942: The South Africa Premier, Field-Marshal Smuts, makes a historic speech to both Houses of Parliament saying, ‘The stage is set for the last, the offensive stage’.

1942: Eight American and British officers land from a submarine on an Algerian beach to take measure of Vichy French to the Operation Torch landings.

1944: Aachen finally falls to the U.S. First Army, earning the distinction of being the first German city to be captured. 12,000 German prisoners have been taken since the 2nd October. Breskens is captured by the Canadians, but fighting continues for 10 more days in the pocket.

1945: The U-boat pens in Hamburg are blown up by British Engineers using German explosives.

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