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This Day in WWII 07-03-1940 - 1945


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This Day in WWII 07-03-1940 - 1945

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1940: Heavy units of the British Navy, code named Force H (Somerville), launch an attack (Operation Catapult) on the French fleet stationed at Mers-el-Kebir near Oran in Algeria, sinking the battleship Bretagne and heavily damaging the battleship Provence and the battlecruiser Dunkerque. 1,300 French sailors are killed and hundreds wounded. Some 59 other French warships that had sought refuge at Plymouth and Portsmouth are seized by the Royal Navy, but only after overcoming armed French resistance in some cases. The British Auxiliary AA ship Foyle Bank is sunk in German air attacks on the docks at Portland, Dorset.

1941 : For the first time since the beginning of the German attack on the Soviet Union, Stalin speaks to the Russian people over the radio. Demanding utmost resistance 'in our patriotic war against German Fascism', he calls for a policy of scorched earth if the Red Army is forced to yield ground and the formation of 'people's partisan' groups behind enemy lines, as well as the summary execution of all cowards and shirkers.

1942: Due to exhaustion and lack of supplies, especially fuel for the armoured divisions, Rommel orders his German and Italian forces to suspend all offensive operations before El Alamein and begin constructing defensive positions. troops to after being reduced to 13 tanks in a final effort to break through.

1942: Sevastopol, the Crimean capital, finally falls to Germans, along with 97,000 Soviet prisoners.

1943: US troops from Nassau Beach link up with the Australians who are under heavy attack at Mubo in New Guinea. Operation 'Cartwheel' continues with further advances in the Solomon's.

1943: The RAF carries out a heavy night raid on Cologne, causing considerable damage and killing hundreds of civilians.

1943: The opening of operation 'Citadel', the massive German offensive to encircle and destroy the Soviet forces in the Orel-Belgorod salient near Kursk. is delayed by one day because of heavy Soviet air attacks against the German deployment areas.

1944: The U.S. First Army opens a general offensive to break out of the hedgerow area of Normandy, France.

1944: The U.S. VIII Corps drives southwards to Coutances.

1944: French troops take Siena, only 30 miles South of Florence.

1944: Minsk, the capital of Byelorussia is captured by the Russians, trapping 100,000 Germans in a pocket to the East.

1945: U.S. troops land at Balikpapan and take Sepinggan airfield on Borneo in the Pacific.

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Cheers Shep for this while Donnie is taking a much deserved break , buy ya a coldie at the mess later on :thumbsup::thumbsup:

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Your welcome. I mean it sucked, your shoes are too small, your pants are too big and shirts aren't long enough for my arms.

Always glade to help man, you bring a ton to us and we need to remember that. Hope you had a good rest. :thumbsup:

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