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This Day in WWII 28 March 1940 - 1945 *1933


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packardadmarch1942.jpg Packard Ad - March 1942

1940: Dutch fighter shoots down British bomber near Rotterdam by mistake; one flier killed.

1940: The British War Cabinet decides to lay mines in neutral Norwegian waters and to establish military bases on the coast of Norway.

cindygarneryank.jpg **Cindy Garner - YANK Pinup Girl - April 6th, 1945

1941: In an attempt to intercept British convoys sailing to Greece, the Italian navy puts a force of 1 Battleship, 8 Cruisers and 9 Destroyers out to sea. However, they are spotted by an RAF flying boat which alerts Admiral Cunningham who orders the Mediterranean fleet to slip anchor and intercept the Italians the next day.

1941: Anti-Axis demonstrations in Yugoslavia.

greyhoundadmarch1942.jpg Greyhound Ad - March 1942

1942: Under the new tactical doctrine of area saturation bombing, introduced by Air Vice Marshal Harris, the RAF launches a heavy incendiary attack (234 bombers) against Lübeck on the Baltic that devastates 265 acres of the old city. The RAF lost 13 aircraft and from one of these the Germans were able to obtain their first specimen of the GEE equipment. In retaliation for the raid on Lübeck, Hitler orders the Luftwaffe to bomb historic British towns and cities.

1942: Fritz Sauckel named Chief of Manpower to expedite recruitment of slave labour.

1942: In response to General Stilwell's request for a British counter-attack to relieve the pressure on Chinese forces around Toungoo, Alexander orders the 1st Burma Corps to attack at Paungde and Prome in the Irrawaddy valley.


1942: A British ship, the HMS Campbeltown, a Lend-Lease American destroyer, which was specifically rammed into a German occupied dry-dock in France, explodes, knocking the area out of action for the German battleship Tirpitz. MORE INFO-VIDEO CLIP LINK

1943: The British First Army goes onto the offensive in northern Tunisia.

1944: Merrill’s ‘Marauders’ begin a 10-day defensive action against 1,300 Japanese at Nhpum Ga Ridge.

1944: The Russians recapture Nikolaev on the Black Sea and enter Romanian territory.

cindygarner1.jpg Cindy Garner

1945: Argentina declares war against Germany.

1945: The British Second Army begin its drive towards the Elbe as the U.S. First Army captures Marburg, 60 miles Northeast of Koblenz. The US Third Army captures Limburg on the Lahn.

1945: The Russians capture Gdynia, along with 9,000 prisoners, after a long struggle. The 1st Belorussian Front captures Gotenhafen north of Danzig. Hitler replaces General Guderian with General Krebs as chief of OKH.

*1933: Nazis order a ban on all Jews in businesses, professions and schools.

cindygarner.jpg Cindy Garner

**Cindy Garner appeared in movies such as "Red Ball Express", "Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki", and "Till the End of Time".

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