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This Day in WWII 11 February 1940 - 1945


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cv021146.jpg Lincoln Memorial

1940: Soviet troops finally breach the Mannerheim line, forcing the Finns to withdraw to a secondary defense line.

1941: Hanover is bombed by the RAF.

1941: British forces advance into Italian Somaliland in East Africa.

1941: Three Stirlings of No. 7 Sqn carry out the first RAF four-engined bomber attack against oil depots in Rotterdam.

1942: The Channel Dash (Operation Cerberus). At 23.00 hours, Admiral Ciliax orders his squadron, which includes the battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau and the cruiser Prinz Eugen, to leave Brest and dash through the English Channel for the safety of Kiel in Germany.

1942: Japanese troops cross the river Salween in Burma. This caused concern for the commander on the 17th Indian Division, Lieutenant General John Smyth, who felt that his troops might be cut off. He urged Burma Army commander, Lieutenant General Hutton to allow him to withdraw across the river Sittang. However, he was ordered to hold firm on the river Bilin.

susannafoster1.jpg Susanna Foster

1944: German relief forces are now just 10 mile from the Korsun pocket.

1944: Americans troops at Cassino are relieved by Indian and New Zealand forces. The allies are pushed back to final defence line at Anzio.

1944: The Australians take Rooke Island between Huon and New Britain.

1945: The Red Army the encirclement of the fortress city of Küstrin on the Oder.


1945: The meeting of the President Franklin Roosevelt, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Marshal Joseph Stalin in Yalta, adjourns. (READ NY TIMES ARTICLE)

1101460211_400.jpg Stanislaw Mikolajczyk (READ COVER STORY)

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