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This Day in WWII 15 February 1940 - 1945


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cv021543.jpg Princess Elizabeth

1940: Hitler orders that all British merchant ships will be considered warships.

1941: Great Britain breaks off diplomatic relations with Romania as it is now clear that the Romanians are firmly allied to the Germans.

1942: Churchill broadcasts to the nation and says the Mediterranean will close to all allied shipping.

1942: Singapore surrenders to the Japanese, a decision prompted as much as anything by the plight of the 1,000,000 civilian inhabitants of the island. 9,000 British, Australian and Empire troops are killed and 130,000 captured, many of which will find themselves working as slaves on the notorious Burma-Thai Railway. The Japanese casualties amount to around 9,000 killed or wounded.

1943: The Germans break the American Army's lines at the Fanid-Sened Sector in Tunisia, North Africa.

brendajoyce1.jpg Brenda Joyce

1944: The heaviest raid ever on Berlin is conducted, during which 2,500 tons of bombs are dropped.

1944: Monte Cassino is devastated by 422 tons of bombs as the Indian and New Zealanders begin their offensive to capture the monastery which is now occupied and defended by paratroopers (the Green Devils) of 1st Fallschirmjäger Division.

1944: Hitler permits Field Marshal Models troops to withdraw to Panther Line and also allows the Korsun pocket defenders to break out towards the relieving forces.

1944: The USAAF decimate a Japanese convoy off New Ireland.

1945: Russian troops are now covering the approaches to Danzig. The Red Army captures Sagan in Silesia. The German 11th SS Army begins a counterattack 'Operation Sonnenwende' with three Korps (39th Panzer, 3rd SS Panzer and the 10th SS Korps). However, only the 3rd SS Panzer Korps (11th SS Panzer Grenadier Division "Nordland" and the 27th SS Grenadier Division "Langemarck") are ready and begin their attack South towards Arnswalde, about 30-35 kms southeast of Stargard.

1945: Japanese forces are now trapped in the Manila rectangle, which is just 5,000yds by 2,000yds.

1101430215_400.jpg Osami Nagano (READ COVER STORY)

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1944: Monte Cassino is devastated by 422 tons of bombs as the Indian and New Zealanders begin their offensive to capture the monastery which is now occupied and defended by paratroopers (the Green Devils) of 1st Fallschirmjäger Division.

Bombing the monastery was a tactical error. It converted a orderly structure into a pile of rubble that had a jazillion little places to hide in and fire at Allied troops.

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Yup....Bessie was a fine looking young lass in her day

BESSIE? OMG, is there no decorum on this Forum?

(Decorum on the Forum?................Hmmmmmm........I feel a tune or rhyme coming on! Somethng along the lines of "Here come da Judge, here come da Judge!)

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