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This Day in WWII 06-07-1940 - 1945


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cv060743.jpg Marine ace Joe Foss

1940: Allied troops fall back on Bresles front, 60 miles north of Paris.

1940: French bomb Berlin.

1940: King Haakon VII and the Norwegian government leave Tromsö for England.

1941: The first of five heavy night raids by the RAF begins on Brest as Prinz Eugen shelters there.

1942: General Erich von Manstein hurls his troops in the grand assault on the besieged port of Sevastopol in a two-pronged assault. The Soviets resist fanatically in excellent fortifications. The Germans gain ground but take heavy casualties, and have to bring in reinforcements to take the city. However, the continuous German attacks wear down the defenders ammunition supplies, which must be brought in by sea through a tight German blockade maintained by the Luftwaffe, E-boats, and Italian midget submarines.

1942: All Jews over six are forced to wear the 'Star of David' in Occupied France.

1942: The Japanese invade Attu and Kiska in the Aleutian Islands.

1942: The US carrier Yorktown, having been damaged on the 4th June, is torpedoed and sunk by a Japanese submarine whilst enroute to Pearl Harbor for repairs.

1944: British troops liberate Bayeux, five miles inland from the Normandy coast. All beachheads are reported as established.

1944: The Americans take Civitavecchia on the western coast of Italy.

1944: The British 2nd Division is now only 55 miles from Imphal.

1944: Mokmer airfield on Biak is captured by U.S. troops.

1945: King Haakon VII returns to Norway, on the fifth anniversary of his leaving the country.

1945: The first allied cargo ship for three years enters Wewak harbour, in New Guinea.

1101430607_400.jpg Sir Arthur T. Harris

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