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This Day in WWII - 8 February 1941 - 1945


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1941: The House of Representatives passes H.R. 1776 (Lend-Lease) by a vote of 260 to 165.

1941: Laval declines Petain’s offer of Cabinet seat in the Vichy Government.

1941: Force H from Malta bombards Genoa, without hindrance from the Italian Navy or Air force.

1941: The first convoy of the newly formed Afrika Korps under the command of Lieutenant General Rommel leaves Naples for Tripoli in Libya.

1942: The Soviet North West Front finally cut all land communication for 90,000 troops of the German 2nd and 10th Corps at Demyansk, as the 11th and 1st Shock Armies link up on the river Lovat, about 25 miles to the west of Demyansk.

1942: The Japanese land on the western side of Singapore Island, encountering only minimal resistance.

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1943: The Russians take Kursk and continue their advance.

1943: British-Indian forces led by British General Orde Wingate begin guerrilla operations against Japanese in Burma.

1943: Japanese complete their evacuation of Guadalcanal.

1944: The RAF uses a massive 12,000b bomb ‘Tall-Boy’, in a raid on the Gnôme-et-Rhône works in Limoges.

1944: Plans for invasion of France, Operation 'Overlord' are confirmed.

1944: The Russians capture of Nikopol. The surrounded German forces in the Korsun pocket are invited to surrender by the Russians.

1944: The Australians complete the occupation of the Huon Peninsula in New Guinea.

1945: UK civilian war casualties up to September 1944 are reported as 57,468 killed and 89,178 injured.

1945: Generalmajor Karl Marthinsen, the head of the State Police is assassinated in his car at Blindernveien, Oslo by the resistance movement, Milorg. The Germans execute 29 Norwegians in retaliation.

1945: 50,000 British and Canadians troops with 500 tanks and 1,034 guns launch a new offensive into the Reichswald, to the Southeast of Nijmegen.

1945: Konev breaks out of his Oder bridgehead north of Breslau, with six armies.

1945: Paraguay declares war on Germany.

1101430208_400.jpg Anthony Eden (READ COVER STORY)

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1944: The RAF uses a massive 12,000b bomb ‘Tall-Boy’, in a raid on the Gnôme-et-Rhône works in Limoges.

Betcha that made a fair mess

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Yep, bombs that did not have to have a direct impact on the target, just get it close. The bomb buries into the ground then detonates, creating a local earthquake that would shake structures and cause them to crumble. Even more impressive was the Grand Slam bomb, similar design and identical principle, but weighed in at a hefty 22,000 pounds. Grand Slam did not reach combat units until March of 1945, so it was very limited use, but was reported as being highly effective.

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Yep, bombs that did not have to have a direct impact on the target, just get it close. The bomb buries into the ground then detonates, creating a local earthquake that would shake structures and cause them to crumble. Even more impressive was the Grand Slam bomb, similar design and identical principle, but weighed in at a hefty 22,000 pounds. Grand Slam did not reach combat units until March of 1945, so it was very limited use, but was reported as being highly effective.

And that is the reason why Denny's Restaurants named their big breakfast "Grand Slam". It buries into your intestines then detonates. :rofl:

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Well, there's actually two concussions. The first is the physical shock wave. The second is actually the trauma to the brain when the nose slams itself into the cranial vault as it attempts to retreat from the noxious expanding gas cloud.

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