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This Day in WWII 10-10-1938 - 1944


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1938: The Hungarian army, with the sanction of its German allies, retakes territory in Czechoslovakia that was stripped form the Austro-Hungarian Empire after WWI.

1939: The Soviet Union signs and agreement with Lithuania that allows the Soviets to establish military bases in the country.

1941: The 250th 'Blue' Division, made up of Spanish volunteers and formed within days of the German attack on the Soviet Union, goes into action against the Russians for the first time in the sector between Lake Illmen and the west bank of the Volkhov river. General Zhukov is put in charge of the West Front for the defence of Moscow. Army Group South concludes the battle along the Sea of Azov and takes 100,000 prisoners.

1942: German and Italian bomber forces begin a major offensive against the British island of Malta in the Mediterranean.

1943: With the war's tide turning, the Franco government orders the Spanish 250th 'Blue' Division home. A few thousand volunteers, however, refuse to abandon the struggle against Communism and enlist in a so-called "Blue Legion" that is attached to the German 121st Infantry Division.

1944: The American 24-hour surrender ultimatum to Germans at Aachen is rejected. The Canadians enter the Breskens Pocket along the Scheldt with amphibians.

1944: The British take Corinth as Army Group E begins its final retreat from Greece. The Red Army breaks through the German lines in Serbia as it moves towards Belgrade.

1944: The Russians reach the Baltic at Memel and cut off Army Group North (26 divisions) in the Kurland for the rest of the war. The rebellion against the Tiso government in Slovakia is put down by the German Army.

1944: U.S. B29 Superfortresses pound Formosa and Okinawa. The Formosa bombardment lasts seven days, during which over 650 Japanese planes are reported as destroyed.

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