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This Day in WWII 26 April 1940 - 1945


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1940: The British stun the French and Norwegians by deciding to evacuate southern Norway.

1941: The Italian fortress of Dessie, south of Amba Alagi is captured by South African forces.

1942: The RAF again attacks Rostok, this time with 128 aircraft. The Luftwaffe again raid Bath.

1942: Cunningham is forced to order the withdrawal of the 10th Submarine Flotilla from Malta as a result of the intense bombing and because of the mines laid by aircraft and German E-boats.

1943: Axis losses in Africa for first 3½ months of 1943 are 66,000 killed, wounded and captured.

FrancesRafferty2.jpg Frances Rafferty

1944: The Army seizes a Montgomery Ward plant in Chicago and reopens it for war production after its board of directors refuses to negotiate with the CIO labor union. Chairman Sewell Avery refuses to leave his office, and still seated in his chair, is carried out to the parking lot, where he bows to workers and enters a waiting limousine.

1944: In marked contrast to earlier USAAF efforts, Bomber Command makes a hugely successful attack on the German ball-bearing factories at Schweinfurt.

1944: Marshal Petain makes his first and only visit to Paris in the course of the war to inspect Allied bomb damage in the city. Crowds cheer him enthusiastically, the same crowds who will cheer De Gaulle exactly four months later.

1944: The Greek PM resigns and George Papandreou forms a new government.

1944: The 'Chindits' occupy Indaw.

1944: Japanese fighters attack their first B-29, one fighter is shot down.

1944: Australians troops occupy Alexishafen in New Guinea.

FrancesRafferty3.jpg Frances Rafferty

1945: German troops at Bremen surrender to the British and Canadians. Allied troops now line the Swiss border from Basle to Lake Constance. The U.S. Third Army takes Regensburg on the Danube. Goering’s fall from grace announced in Germany, General Ritter von Greim is to replace him.

1945: The 2nd Belorussian front captures Stettin on the river Oder, while the 3rd Belorussian Front captures the Baltic port of Pillau, 20 miles West of Königsberg. General Wenck embarks on the last German offensive to relieve Berlin, but only manages to reach Ferch on the 27th April, before the offensive grinds to a halt. The remnants of 9th Army are cut off and surrounded in the Halbe pocket 30 miles southwest of Frankfurt am der Oder. The 2nd Ukrainian Front captures Brno, in Czechoslovakia.

1945: Marshal Henri Philippe Petain, the head of France's Vichy government during World War II, was arrested.

1945: The first of some 75,000 ex-prisoners of war are flown back to the UK by aircraft of Bomber Command.

1945: Italian Partisans take Genoa and stage revolt in Milan. The U.S. Fifth Army captures Verona, 20 miles Northeast of Mantua.

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