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This Day in WWII 01-29-1940 - 1945


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cv012945.jpg Wounded soldier

1940: The Soviet Union reopens negotiations with Finland through Sweden and indicates that it may withdraw its support for Otto Kuusinen's puppet government should the Finns come to terms. The Finnish 9th Division launches an attack with the aim of destroying the Russian 54th Division in Kuhmo.

1941: In Washington, the US and British military leaders begin secret staff talks regarding co-ordination of a common war policy against Germany.

1941: South African forces enter Italian Somaliland.

1941: Greek Premier, General. Metaxis dies aged 70. M. A. Korizis takes over.

1942: German forces capture Benghazi, along with a large quantity of supplies.

1943: In a night-time attack on Hamburg, aircraft of the Pathfinder Force use the H2S bombing radar for the first time.

1943: A rally in Berlin to mark the 10th anniversary of Hitler coming to power and addressed by senior Nazi leaders including Goering and Goebbels, is interrupted several times by six raiding Mosquitoes of Nos. 105 and 139 Sqns.

1943: Admiral Dönitz takes over from Admiral Raeder as C-in-C of the German Navy.

1943: Dr. Ernst Kaltenbrunner is appointed the successor to Heydrich.

1943: Nazis order all Gypsies arrested and sent to extermination camps.

1943: Advance units of the Eighth Army cross the Tunisian frontier from Libya.

1943: Japanese aircraft attack Wau airfield, New Guinea.

1944: The Luftwaffe bombs London, while 800 USAAF bombers drop 1,800 tons of bombs on Frankfurt am Main and Ludwigshafen. The RAF hit Berlin for the 14th time.

1944: The world's greatest warship, Missouri, is launched.

1945: The allied thrust into Rhineland continues with the capture of Oberhausen, 10 miles Northeast of Duisberg. Quisling meets Hitler in Berlin for the last time.

1101450129_400.jpg Gen. Walker Krueger

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