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This Day in WWII 31 March 1939 - 1945


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1939: Britain and France agree to support Poland if Germany threatens to invade.

1941: A US scientific/military team arrives in the Danish colony of Greenland, to consider the establishment of military bases there.

1941: British civilian casualties: 4,259 killed and 5,557 injured. London, Portsmouth, Merseyside, Clydeside, Bristol and Plymouth all badly hit. RAF raids Berlin, Hamburg and Bremen.

1941: Italian naval forces sink the British Cruiser, HMS Bonaventure off Crete.

1941: The 5th Light Division engages the British 2nd Armoured Division near Mersa Brega, as it attempts to capture the town. The battle rages all day and results in the British withdrawing towards Agedabia.

1941: Major General Frederick Martin and Rear Admiral Patrick Bellinger, commanders, respectively, of the Army Air Corp and Navy in Hawaii, send a joint report to Washington warning that the Japanese may be planning an early-morning raid on the islands.

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1943: Newly built gas chamber/crematory II opens at Auschwitz.

1943: The Australian 9th Division marches through Melbourne watched by more than half a million people.

1944: RAF losses after 35 major attacks on German cities since the 18th November 1943 are 1,047 aircraft destroyed and 1,682 damaged.

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1945: The Germans start pulling out of Holland. The French First Army crosses the Rhine for first time since Napoleon. The US Third Army reaches Siegen 20 miles East of the Rhine.

1945: The Russians enter German territory near Sopron in Hungary. The Russians capture Ratibor in Upper Silesia.

1945: The United States and Britain bar a Soviet supported provisional regime in Warsaw from entering the U.N. meeting in San Francisco.

1945: British 26th Division reaches the Burma Road, which ends eight months of fighting.

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