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This Day in WWII 07-27-1940 - 1944


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cv072742.jpg Atlantic convoy

1940: German aircraft sink destroyers Codrington at Dover and Wren off the Suffolk coast.

1940: Japan announces its plans for the creation of the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere.

1941: London is severely bombed by the Luftwaffe, in its first air raid for 10 weeks.

1941: German troops liberate Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. Guderian's Panzer Group 2 is removed from its subordination to von Kluge's 4th Army and put directly under the control of Army Group Centre. This is due to severe disagreements between the von Kluge and Guderian, which are disabling operations. Fierce battles rage 25 miles to the east of Smolensk.

1941: General Douglas MacArthur enjoys his first full day in command of all U.S. armed forces in the Far East. President Roosevelt later explains MacArthur's success; "Never underestimate a man who overestimates himself."

1942: German troops take Bataysk, and 6th Army launches an attack to destroy the soviet bridgehead west at Kalach.

1943: The liberation of Mussolini, the occupation of Rome and Italy, plus the capture of the Italian fleet is decided upon by the German High Command. Mussolini himself is transferred from Rome to the Island of Ponza. Heavy fighting continues in Sicily, leading Kesselring to order preparations for the evacuation of the island.

72745srlg.jpg Sheila Ryan

1944: U.S. troops breakthrough at St. Lo, forcing a general German withdrawal from Normandy toward the river Seine.

1944: The Russians take Lvov, Dunaburg and Bialystok and secure a major bridgehead over the Magnuszew River. Further gains are also made in Baltic States.

1944: U.S. troops complete the liberation of Guam.

1101420727_400.jpg Marshal Timoshenko

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Actually once the convoy system really got up and running there was less than a 1% chance of your ship being sunk by a U-boat. Then again when you factor in the thousands of ships that were on the water at any one time...

Also you could wind up in one of those unlucky convoys that lost dozens of ships. It, like anything else in war, was pretty much a crapshoot. The North Atlantic or Arctic would have been the worst place to have to abandon ship as far as the weather by itself goes, but I'd take that over the South Pacific anyday.

Personally I'd have rather sailed on a ship where the champaigne bottle didn't break, a dockyard worker had some grisly accident during construction, the captain was a lush and they decided to name the ship,"Hey Hiney Krauts I Bet You Can't Sink Us. AKA: Titanic II" than to have had to have flown a Gooneybird over the Hump.


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