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This Day in WWII 09-08-1939 - 1945


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1939: Polish defenders of the Westerplatte at Danzig surrender after a week of continuous bombardment. The Polish government leaves Warsaw for Lublin, while its forces surrounded at Radom face a hopeless situation.

1939: At Bedzin, 200 Jews are burned alive in a synagogue by the Germans who charge Poles with the crime, and then execute 30 of them in a public square.

1939: Australia passes the National Security act. Earl Page steps down as Australia's Country Party Leader, to be replaced by Archie Cameron.

1940: RAF Bomber Command attacks concentrate on disrupting invasion effort; 10 hours dusk-to-dawn attack on London; 20 killed as aerial torpedo hits East End block of flats; total casualties estimated at 286 killed and 1,400 seriously injured.

1940: National ‘day of prayer’ proclaimed in Britain.

1941: Leningrad is now completely surrounded after German troops close the land bridge at Schluesselburg. The Russians announce gains near Smolensk and claim eight German divisions have been beaten.

1942: Twelve British merchant seamen are awarded Russian decorations.

1942: Japanese advance from Kokoda to Owen Stanley Ridge in an overland drive for Port Moresby, New Guinea.

1943: Eisenhower announces the Italian unconditional surrender. German reserves are rushed to Italy in the wake of the cease-fire between the Badoglio government and the Allies.

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1944: Canadians take Ostend, while the U.S. First Army take Liege, just 20 miles from the German border.

1944: Russian troops enter Bulgaria unopposed as the Bulgarian's declare war on Germany.

1944: The first V2 rockets hit London and Paris from mobile bases in Holland.

1945: The first American troops enter Tokyo itself. MacArthur enters Tokyo.

1945: Korea is partitioned by the Soviet Union and the United States.

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