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This Day in WWII 03-12-1938 - 1945


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cv031245.jpg General Simpson

1938: German troops enter Austria without firing a shot, forming the anschluss (union)of Austria and Germany.

1940: A peace treaty is concluded between Finland and Russia, that formally ends the "Winter War". The terms of this treaty are harsh for Finland, who are forced to cede the entire Karelia Isthmus, and the city of Viipuri, which is renamed Vyborg. The also lose parts of eastern Karelia, Lake Ladoga, the Rybachiy Peninsula and the Petsamo area. The also have to grant the Russian a 30 year lease of the Hangö Peninsula. However, the ever 'generous' Russians drop their recognition of the Kuusinen puppet government in Moscow.

1940: The British finalise their plans for the invasion of Norway. Landings are to be made at Narvik and Trondheim in order to secure the rail line to Sweden and the large iron-ore fields.

1941: Churchill thanks America for ‘a new Magna Carta’.

1942: Convoy PQ-12 arrives unscathed at Murmansk, earning the distinction of being the last PQ convoy to sail without losses.

1942: The British evacuate their garrison from the Andaman Islands, just off the Burmese coast south of Rangoon.

1942: US troops occupy New Caledonia.

1943: German troops evacuate Vyazma.

marilynmaxwell1.jpg Marilyn Maxwell

1944: The Swedes announce an investigation of the ‘mysterious object which crashed out of the sky’ (a ‘flying torpedo’ V1) from a German research station, 40 miles away.

1944: Great Britain bars all travel to neutral Ireland, which is suspected of collaborating with Nazi Germany.

1945: RAF Bomber Command sets another new record for single target, when 4,851 tons are dropped on Dortmund.

1945: Diarist Anne Frank dies in a German concentration camp.

1101450312_400.jpg Capt. Mildred McAfee

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