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This Day in WWII 06-17-1940 - 1944


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1101400617_400.jpgPaul Reynaud

1940: Liner Lancastria, with 3,000 British troops aboard, bombed and sunk at St. Nazaire, in North West France.

1940: German troops cross the Loire near Orleans. Petain orders French to stop fighting and sues for ‘honourable’ peace terms.

1940: Churchill broadcasts to the nation, saying the British will defend their island home and fight on until the curse of Hitler is removed. Unemployment in Britain falls 114,000 in May to new low of 767,000.

1940: The USSR announces that Estonia and Latvia have agreed to the free passage of troops and to the formation of new governments.

1941: Finland begins a secret mobilisation of its forces.

1941: The Afrika Korps beats back the British attack at Sollum causing the British to call off ‘Operation Battleaxe’ with 1,000 British casualties and 91 tanks lost, for German losses of just 12 tanks.

1942: Yank a weekly magazine for the U.S. armed services, begins publication.

1942: The Eighth Army's withdrawal reaches the Egyptian frontier, leaving behind the 2nd South African Division to form the basis of a 30,000 strong garrison at Tobruk.

1943: The British battleships Valiant and Warspite are transferred from Scapa Flow to Oran and Alexandria in North Africa in preparation for Operation Husky, the Allied invasion of Sicily.

1944: General de Lattre de Tassigny’s Free French land on Elba and complete its capture in just two days.

1944: German troops evacuate the island of Elba off the west coast of Italy.

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