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This Day in WWII 03-07-1936 - 1945


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lesliebrooks1.jpg Leslie Brooks

1936: Hitler sends German troops into the Rhineland, breaking the Treaty of Versailles and the Locarno Pact.

1941: U-47, commanded by top ace Günther Prien, hero of Scapa Flow, is sunk by the British Destroyer HMS Wolverine.

1941: British and Commonwealth troops begin to arrive in Greece.

1941: German Jews ordered into forced labour.

1942: Force H, consisting of HMS Argus and HMS Eagle and supported by a number of destroyers, sets sail for Malta with a number of Spitfires on board. Fifteen Spitfires were flown off when Force H came within range of the Island.

1942: British evacuate Rangoon in Burma.

1942: The Government of the Dutch East Indies flees Java for Australia.

1942: Japanese invade Salamaua and Lae on New Guinea.

1943: A new wolfpack, codenamed 'Raubgraf' (Robber Baron), is created in the central North Atlantic. It will operate between the 7th and 20th March 1943 and includes U-84, U-89, U-91, U-435, U-468, U-600, U-603, U-615, U-621, U-638, U-653, U-664, U-758. Immediately the wolfpack attacks convoy ON-168 which is traveling between North America and the UK. One ship is damaged and abandoned on the 7th March, to be finally sunk on the 12th March for 6,537 gross tons.

1944: In reply to Arab protests, the U.S. says that the idea of a Jewish state has no official sanction.

1944: The Japanese begin the Imphal-Kohima offensive from northern Burma into Assam, India.

1944: U.S. Marines secure Los Negros.

1945: The U.S. 9th Armoured Division makes a surprise dash across the undestroyed Rhine bridge at Remagen, establishing a crucial bridgehead on the East bank.

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