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This Day in WWII 08-11-1940 - 1944


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cv081141.jpg Rita Hayworth

1940: The Battle of Britain begins in earnest with 400 German planes attacking channel convoys and the coastal areas of Britain including Dover, Weymouth and Portland. The British claim 65 Luftwaffe planes down for the loss of 26 RAF fighters. It actuality, only 35 Luftwaffe planes were shot down, while the RAF had lost 29.

1941: Soviet bombers raid Berlin but cause little damage.

1942: The 'Pedestal' convoy is spotted by a German U-boat. Over the coming days 21 German and Italian submarines, nearly 800 aircraft, 23 torpedo boats, and units of the Italian fleet move in to intercept the convoy. The German submarine U-73 attacks the Malta-bound British convoy and sinks HMS Eagle, one of the world's first aircraft carriers.

1943: German night evacuation of Sicily begins, using 134 small craft covered by 500 AA guns.

1944: U.S. troops capture Nantes and Angers and drive South across the Loire.

1944: German troops abandon Florence, Italy, as Allied troops close in on the historic city.

1944: The Russians renew their offensive towards the Estonian border at Pskov, breaking through the Mavlenburg Line. The Germans assault the old town area of Warsaw from three sides.

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