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This Day in WWII 27 February 1941 - 1945 *1933


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1941: The first encounter of the Afrika Korps and the British forces.

1942: British Commandos raid a German radar station at Bruneval on the French coast.

1942: The Battle of the Java Sea begins and continues for three days, during which the Allies, under the command of the Dutch Admiral, Karel Doorman lose five cruisers and six destroyers, while the Japanese lose just 4 transports.

1943: USAAF bomber aircraft make their first raid on Germany.

1943: Jews working in Berlin armaments industry are sent to Auschwitz.

LeslieBrooks2.jpg Leslie Brooks

1944: About 60,000 Japanese are reported to be trapped in New Britain and New Ireland, in the South West Pacific.

1945: The US 8th Air Force launches another heavy attack against Berlin which devastates the center of the city.

1945: SHAEF reports that spectacular gains by the U.S. First and Ninth Armies on the Cologne Plain have been made.

1945: Under Russian pressure, the Romanian King, Michael I is forced to appoint a Communist government.

*1933: The burning down of the Reichstag building in Berlin gives the Nazis the opportunity to suspend personal liberty with increased power.


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