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This Day in WWII 14 May 1940 - 1945


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TideWaterAssociated-May1944.jpg TideWater Associated Ad - May 1944

1940: The British Secretary of State for War, Anthony Eden calls for volunteers to form the Local defense Volunteers force (LDV).

1940: Admiralty order requires all owners of large boats to send in particulars within two weeks.

1940: German forces break through the French front at Sedan.

AnneGwynne.jpg Anne Gwynne

1940: British and French aircraft are unsuccessful in destroying the German-built bridges across the Meuse and 50 bombers are shot down by AA fire.

1940: 60 Luftwaffe He-111 bombers not having received the countermanding order attack besieged Rotterdam, devastating the center of the city.

1940: Germans take Rotterdam as the Dutch government arrives in London.

JeffDonnell.jpg Jeff Donnell

1941: Admiral Darlan reports back to Vichy after meeting Hitler and von Ribbentrop. Vichy Cabinet approves German concessions and French counter-concessions unanimously.

1941: British aircraft launch attacks against airfields in Syria which have been put at axis disposal by the Vichy French authorities.

VeronicaLake.jpg Veronica Lake

1941: 3,600 Jews arrested in Paris.

1941: Large Royal Navy and Royal Air Force reinforcements arrive in Singapore.

JulieReding.jpg Julie Reding

1942: The U.S. Congress establishes The Women's Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC), under the direction of Oveta Culp Hobby, editor of the Houston Post.

1942: The British Army, in retreat from Burma, reach India.

MarilynJohnson.jpg Marilyn Johnson

1943: The U.S. 8th Air Force attacks Kiel with 125 aircraft, destroying 3 U-boats.

1943: SS day is celebrated in Oslo.

1944: French troops in Italy break through the Gustav Line.

MonaKnox.jpg Mona Knox

1945: U-858 surrenders off Delaware, USA, becoming the first German warship to surrender to U.S. forces after the war ends.

1945: Vienna radio announces the re-establishment of the Austrian Republic. The Anschluss with Germany is declared null and void. British troops occupy the German island of Heligoland in the North Sea.

BridgetCarr02.jpg Bridget Carr

1945: The Norwegian resistance movement (Milorg) is officially disbanded.

1945: USAAF B29's firebomb Nagoya, the heaviest raid on the Japanese homeland so far, with 3,500 tons of bombs being dropped, which destroys the Mitsubishi works.

How to Ditch a B-17 - Life Magazine- May 1944


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