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This Day in WWII 08-10-1940 - 1945


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cv081042.jpg General Chennault

1940: U-56 sinks armed merchant-cruiser HMS Transylvania off Northern Ireland.

1940: Germans ban speaking of French in Luxembourg and listening to BBC in Belgium.

1940: Due to poor weather conditions, the Luftwaffe delays 'Eagle Day' until the 13th August 1940.

1941: Great Britain and the Soviet Union promise aid to Turkey if it is attacked by the Axis Powers.

1942: With the support of von Richthofen's 4th Air Fleet, which had been transferred from Army Group A, the 6th Army crosses the Don and reaches the outskirts of Stalingrad.

1942: The British convoy 'Pedestal' (14 merchants, 2 battleships, 3 aircraft-carriers, 14 destroyers and 3 anti-aircraft cruisers), which had left Britain on the 2nd August en-route to Malta, reaches the Straits of Gibraltar, where it is reinforced with 3 heavy cruisers (Manchester, Nigeria, and Kenya) and 11 more destroyers. For a time, the aircraft-carrier HMS Furious joins the convoy with a complement of 38 Supermarine Spitfires which are to be flown off towards the embattled island.

1944: The U.S. 5th Armoured and 2nd French Armoured Divisions cover 15 miles to Alencon.

1944: Organised Japanese resistance on Guam finally ends with them suffering 18,250 killed and the U.S. more than 1,744 killed.

andreaking.jpg Andrea King

1945: The Japanese sue for peace after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. To date nearly 55 million people have died in the Second World War.

1101420810_400.jpgGeneral McNaughton

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