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This Day in WWII 11-16-1940-1945


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1101421116_400.jpg Lt. General Dwight Eisenhower (READ COVER STORY)

1940: 131 RAF Bomber Command aircraft make raids on four Hamburg targets.

1941: The German 11th Army takes Kerch in the eastern Crimea, although Sevastopol still holds out.

1942: US and Australian forces join up for the assault on the last Japanese stronghold in Northern Papua, the Buna-Gona bridgehead.

1943: The RAF bomb the ‘heavy water’ plant at Telemark, which the Germans are attempting to repair.

1943: Leros surrenders to the Germans.

dmalone2sm.jpg Dorothy Malone

1944: 5,689 tons of bombs, a record for one day are dropped by the RAF on the German frontline to the East of Aachen.

1944: The U.S. First and Ninth Armies launch a new attack to the East of Aachen towards the Roer Dams (6 miles away) with four divisions on a 25-mile front. With Antwerp, Marseilles and other liberated ports now available for Allied use, the so-called "Red Ball Express," a relay of U.S. Army supply trucks operating between the front and the Normandy beaches, is finally shut down.

1945: Eighty-eight German scientists, holding Nazi secrets, arrive in the United States.

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