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This Day in WWII 4 September 1939 - 1945


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ERSquibb&SonsAd-Sept1943.jpgE.R. Squibb & Sons Ad - September 1943



1939: The RAF attacks German shipping at Wilhelmshaven, Cuxhaven and Schillig Roads, with negligible results (7 out of 30 Wellington bombers are shot down by German fighters and Anti-Aircraft).


1939: The German 3rd Army and 4th Army join in the Corridor and re-establish the land connection between East Prussia and the Reich that was severed in 1919 as a result of the Versailles Treaty. German troops cross the River Pilica in southern Poland. The German successes in Poland are beginning to wear down the Polish armies, which are now becoming isolated from one another, making the mounting of coordinated counter-attacks increasingly difficult. At Bydgoszcz, a thousand Poles are murdered, including several dozen Boy Scouts who are shot against a wall by German troops.


Florence%20George1.jpg*Florence George



1940: Hitler opens Winter Relief Campaign with a speech claiming that 'the last island in Europe will be broken'.


1940: Hitler threatens that British cities will be bombed night after night in reprisal for the bombing of Berlin.


Florence%20George2.jpgFlorence George



1941: U-652 attacks the US destroyer Greer off Iceland after being tracked and harassed by it. As a result of U652's attack on the US destroyer Greer, President Roosevelt warns German and Italian vessels that from now on, if they enter the Pan-American security zone, they do so at there own risk.


1941: Finns refuse to advance on Leningrad.


Florence%20George3.jpgFlorence George


1942: Soviet planes bomb Budapest in the war's first air raid on the Hungarian capital.


ChesebroughAd-Sept1943.jpgChesebrough Ad - September 1943


1943: The Australians land in force to the East of Lae on North coast of New Guinea.


Florence%20George4.jpgFlorence George



1944: The British 11th Armoured Division takes Antwerp and the docks undamaged.


1944: Allied air forces start operation 'Ratweek' to hinder the German retreat from Balkans.


1944: The Russian and Finnish governments agree on and implement a cease-fire. The Germans have to leave Finland by the 15th September.


Florence%20George5.jpgFlorence George



1945: Emperor Hirohito asks his people to co-operate in setting up a peaceful state.


1945: Japanese troops on Wake Island surrender to a detachment of the United States Marine Corps.


Florence%20George6.jpg Florence George


*Florence George was born on December 21, 1917 in Dayton, Ohio. Florence George appeared in movies such as "College Swing" (1938) with George Burns, Gracie Allen, Martha Raye, Bob Hope, Edward Everett Horton, "Tell No Tales" (1939) and "One More Time" (1970) with Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford. Florence George died on 13 September 1998 in Maryland.


InternationalHarversterAd-Sept1944.jpgInternational Harvester Ad - September 1944


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