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This Day in WWII 11-20-1940 - 1945


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cv112039.jpg German Raider "Deutschland"

1940: Hungarian Premier and Foreign Minister in Vienna agree to join Axis Powers.

1941: The exiled Norwegian Government in London officially backs ‘Milorg’, the largest resistance organisation in Norway.

1941: Germans take Rostov.

1941: Japanese issue attack orders, although no action is to be taken until the results of the latest diplomatic negotiations are known.

1942: Northeast and southwest of Stalingrad, the attacking Soviet armies are making rapid progress in the direction of Kalach on the Don, the chosen meeting point of the two pincers. The 6th and 4th Panzer Army's hurriedly dispatch mobile units to bolster the unprepared and crumbling Romanian defenses west and south of the Don. Hitler relinquishes his command of Army Group A to Kleist.

1942: The Eighth Army reaches Benghazi.

1943: The Eighth Army crosses the Sangro River for first time. 4,800 British prisoners are taken at Samos in the Aegean. Jews in northern Italy are to be sent to concentration camps.

1943: The Red Army achieves a breakthrough near Kremenchug in the Ukraine and advances toward Kirovograd. Hitler does not allow Army Group North to withdraw to Panther line. Russian POW losses for war now total over five million.

1943: US Marines land on Makin and Tarawa atolls in Gilbert Islands, with fierce fighting reported.

1944: French troops drive through the 'Beffort Gap' to reach the Rhine.



1945: The Nuremberg trials begin, with Goring, Ribbentrop, Hess, Keitel, Jodl, Raeder, Doenitz, Streicher and other top Nazis on trial.

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