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This Day in WWII 01-10-1940 - 1944


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1940: Hitler informs his commanders that the attack in the west will begin on the 17th January. On this same day a German light aircraft makes a forced landing at Malines in Belgium, near the German border. The planes occupants were carrying details of the German plans, which alerted the Belgium and Dutch governments to German intentions.

1941: Roosevelt introduces his 'Lend Lease' bill to the House of Representatives as House Resolution 1776 (H.R. 1776), after recognising that neither Britain or China could continue paying indefinitely for material supplied. This allowed the fighting allies to pay the USA back in kind, but after the war. He likened this to 'lending a neighbour a garden hose to put out a fire'.

1941: The RAF begins Circus operations - co-ordinated bomber and fighter attacks on targets in France. Six Blenheims, escorted by six/nine squadrons of Spitfires and Hurricanes attack supply dumps south of Calais.

1941: Germany and the Soviet Union sign a fresh treaty, which recognises their existing spheres of influence and affirms current trade agreements.

1941: German aircraft surprise the Mediterranean fleet, which is escorting 3 merchant ships to Greece. 40 Ju-87 Stukas attack them, scoring 6 hits on HMS Illustrious and severely damaging her. HMS Warspite also receive damage. Both ships make for Malta and arrive the next day.

1942: Colonel-General Ernst Udet, head of Luftwaffe aircraft production and development, commits suicide because of his failure to provide adequate replacements and new improved aircraft models to the Luftwaffe.

1942: Wavell arrives in Java and activates ABDA.

1943: After a 55-minute bombardment by thousands of guns and rocket-launchers and employing seven armies, the Red Army begins Operation Ring, the final annihilation of the tattered remnants of 6th Army defending themselves desperately against all odds in the ruins of Stalingrad.

1944: The Russians capture Lyudvipol, 2-3 miles across the Polish border. The Russians propose new Polish border further west on the so-called ‘Curzon Line’. German forces in Dnieper bend are attacked by the Russians for the next five days, but and early thaw aids the German defense.

1944: All but one of the Fascist ex-ministers on trial are sentenced to death at Castel Vecchio.

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1941: Roosevelt introduces his 'Lend Lease' bill to  the House of Representatives as House Resolution 1776 (H.R. 1776), after recognising that neither Britain or China could continue paying indefinitely for material supplied. This allowed the fighting allies to pay the USA back in kind, but after the war. He likened this to 'lending a neighbour a garden hose to put out a fire'.

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That "Garden Hose" statement is now acknowledged as one of FDR's most politically astute statements. This was made just after he had won re-election for an unheard of third term. One of the issues of that campaign was America's non-involvement in the War in Europe. FDR had wanted to come in on the side of Britian, but could not say so during the campaign. Now after his re-election he had to bring the American people - who were opposed to involvement by a huge margin - along with him. By using this easy to understand analogy of a neighbor in need, he was able to make this small step (Lend Lease) more acceptable to the citizens. He knew once over this hurtle, America would, one way or another, get into the fight. His Garden Hose statement was an important step in defeating the Axis Powers.

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FDR was a great man. Despite his physical problems he was a tower of strength and character. Lend Lease certainly made a MAJOR difference to allowing Britain & the Commonwealth to hold off the AXIS until the US joined the war.

Closer to home...the American bases here in Newfoundland employed thousands (including my dad) and helped our economy as well.

Thanks & S!

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That "Garden Hose" statement is now acknowledged as one of FDR's most politically astute statements.  This was made just after he had won re-election for an unheard of third term.  One of the issues of that campaign was America's non-involvement in the War in Europe.  FDR had wanted to come in on the side of Britian, but could not say so during the campaign.  Now after his re-election he had to bring the American people - who were opposed to involvement by a huge margin - along with him.  By using this easy to understand analogy of a neighbor in need, he was able to make this small step (Lend Lease) more acceptable to the citizens.  He knew once over this hurtle, America would, one way or another, get into the fight.  His Garden Hose statement was an important step in defeating the Axis Powers.

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Thanks for the additional info Dave. I enjoy reading your added expertise in history. Wish I had half your knowledge and education. S!

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