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This Day in WWII 09-16-1939 - 1944


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1101400916_400.jpg Baron Beaverbrook

1939: Convoy OB-4, sailing from Liverpool to North America, is attacked by U-31 (Johannes Habekost), becoming the first "clear" convoy contact in British waters of the war. U-31 sinks 1 ship, the 4,060-ton British freighter Aviemore.

1940: Piccadilly, Park Lane, Bond St reel hit in night raids.

1940: Congress passes the Selective Service Act, which calls for the first peacetime draft in U.S. history.

1940: Italian advance in Egypt continues with occupation of Sidi Barrani, 60 miles from frontier. At this point the Italians halt their offensive and begin to construct a number of fortified camps.

1941: The US announce that it will provide escort for ships carrying Lend-Lease material up to 26°W, which meant that clashes with U-boats would become more likely.

1941: Guderian’s Panzer Group 2 and Kleist’s Panzer Group 1 meet east of Kiev, trapping five Red Armies.

1941: The Shah of Iran abdicates and his son, Crown Prince 'Mohammad Reza Pahlavi' takes over.

1942: The Women's Airforce Service Pilots (WASPS) are established in the U.S.. The armed forces will be supplied with more than 1000 auxiliary pilots through this organization.

1942: Stalingrad railway station changes hands several times.

1942: The Governor General of Madagascar asks for an armistice.

1942: The Japanese base at Kiska in the Aleutian Islands is raided by American bombers.

16sep43francesraff.jpg Frances Rafferty

1943: The Dambuster squadron makes a disastrous first use of 12,000lb ‘Tall Boy’ bombs with a raid on the Dortmund-Ems canal.

1943: British occupy Leros in Aegean. German counterattacks against the U.S. bridgehead at Salerno are halted. Tito's partisans are reported to have captured Split on Yugoslavia coast.

1943: The Black Sea port of Novorossiysk is captured by the Russians after a week of amphibious and land operations.

1944: Conclusion of the Quebec meeting between Roosevelt and Churchill who sign off on the Morgenthau Plan for the treatment of post-war Germany.

1944: The Germans start a new flying bomb campaign, launching them from aircraft over Holland.

1944: Dr. Goebbels exhorts all Germans to resist with the utmost fanaticism.

1944: Over objections from his top generals, Hitler decides to launch a counteroffensive through the Ardennes region of Belgium in an attempt to stop the Allied advance on the western front. The result will be the Battle of the Bulge.

1944: The British make am unopposed landing on the Greek Island of Kythera off the Peloponnese. The Russians enter Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria.

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1944: Over objections from his top generals, Hitler decides to launch a counteroffensive through the Ardennes region of Belgium in an attempt to stop the Allied advance on the western front. The result will be the Battle of the Bulge.

Actually wasn't a bad plan either, just could not sustain the battle against the Allies, thank goodness!

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