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May 21

World War II Today: May 21

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May 20

World War II Today: May 20

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May 19

World War II Today: May 19

World War II Today: May 19 - Events that occurred on this day during WWII that influenced that course of the Second World War:→ Read more

May 18

Lina Romay YANK Magazine Pin Up Girl – May 18, 1945

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May 18

World War II Today: May 18

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May 17

World War II Today: May 17

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May 16

World War II Today: May 16

World War II Today: May 16 Events that occurred on this day during WWII that influenced that course of the Second World War:→ Read more

May 15

World War II Today: May 15

1940 Official announcement that British weekly butter ration will be reduced from 8oz to 4oz per head.

The German XX.Panzerkorps (Hoth) repels a counter-attack by French armored forces, destroying 125 out of 175 tanks. An attack by 6th Army (von Reichenau) against the Dyle line in Belgium is repulsed.

After the fall of Rotterdam the Dutch Army surrenders (10,000 casualties).

The German 20th Panzer Korps (Hoth) repels a counter-attack by French armored forces, destroying 125 out of 175 tanks. An attack by 6th  Army (von Reichenau) against the Dyle line in Belgium is repulsed.

In Paris, panic breaks out over reports of a German breakthrough at Sedan with thousands of civilians fleeing the city for the west and south of the country, clogging the roads for Allied military traffic which is attacked by Luftwaffe bombers and fighter bombers.

RAF Bomber Command (Peirse) begins a strategic air offensive against targets inside Germany by attacking industrial installations in the Ruhr, but with minimal effect.

1941 Roosevelt tells Vichy France to ‘choose between Germany and US’.

RAF night raids on Hanover, Berlin, Hamburg and Cuxhaven.

Ernie Bevin says that he would not negotiate with ‘murderer’ Hess. It’s reported that the Dame of Sark has been deported to a German concentration camp as a reprisal for civil disobedience.

Announced that British losses in France and Norway were 13,250 killed and approximately 41,000 taken prisoner out of 437,000 men engaged.

The Luftwaffe begin preparatory attacks against Crete.

The first British jet-powered aircraft, the Gloster E.28/39, takes to the air at RAF Cranwell on its maiden flight. This was not the first jet-powered aircraft to fly, however; that honor fell to the German-built Heinkel He 178 in August 1939.

The British Army under Auchinleck, begins an offensive against the Afrika Korps and manage to recapture Halfaya Pass, Sollum and Capuzzo.

1942 Gasoline rationing goes into effect in the Eastern United States.

The Royal Navy Cruiser HMS Trinidad was attacked by more than twenty Ju-88 bombers as she was returning home after being damaged while escorting Convoy PQ-13 in March 1942.  All attacks missed, except for one bomb that struck near the previous damage caused by one of her own torpedoes during a previous engagement, starting a serious fire. Sixty-three men were lost, including twenty survivors from HMS Edinburgh which had been sunk two weeks earlier. The decision was taken to scuttle her and she was torpedoed by HMS Matchless and sank in the Arctic Ocean, north of North Cape.

British forces retreating from Burma reach the Indian frontier. General Stilwell crosses the border in to Assam in India.

1943 Stalin announces the dissolution of the Komintern, the Communist International working for world revolution.

1944 Beginning of deportation of Jews from Hungary to Auschwitz.

The Germans begin a withdrawal from the Gustav Line to new positions, called the Adolf Hitler or Dora Line, some 30 miles to the South of Rome.

A Japanese attack on Hunter’s Hill, North of Kohima is repulsed.

1945 The Axis Croation forces that surrendered to British troops in Austria are handed over to Tito’s partisans who without delay proceed to massacre them, killing a total of 110,000, including women and children.

The U.S. Tenth Army is now within 2,000 yards of Naha docks.

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May 14

PinUp Judith Barrett

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May 14

World War II Today: May 14

1940 The British Secretary of State for War, Anthony Eden calls for volunteers to form the Local defense Volunteers force (LDV).

Admiralty order requires all owners of large boats to send in particulars within two weeks.

German forces break through the French front at Sedan.

British and French aircraft are unsuccessful in destroying the German-built bridges across the Meuse and 50 bombers are shot down by AA fire.

60 Luftwaffe He-111 bombers not having received the countermanding order attack besieged Rotterdam, devastating the center of the city.

Germans take Rotterdam as the Dutch government arrives in London.

1941 Admiral Darlan reports back to Vichy after meeting Hitler and von Ribbentrop. Vichy Cabinet approves German concessions and French counter-concessions unanimously.

British aircraft launch attacks against airfields in Syria which have been put at axis disposal by the Vichy French authorities.

3,600 Jews arrested in Paris.

Large Royal Navy and Royal Airforce reinforcements arrive in Singapore.

1942 The U.S. Congress establishes The Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC), under the direction of Oveta Culp Hobby, editor of the Houston Post.

The damaged British escort cruiser Trinidad returning from Murmansk is sunk by Luftwaffe dive-bombers off the northern Norwegian coast.

The British Army, in retreat from Burma, reach India.

1943 The U.S. 8th Air Force attacks Kiel with 125 aircraft, destroying 3 U-boats.

SS day is celebrated in Oslo.

1944 French troops in Italy break through the Gustav Line.

1945 U-858 surrenders off Delaware, USA, becoming the first German warship to surrender to U.S. forces after the war ends.

Vienna radio announces the re-establishment of the Austrian Republic. The Anschluss with Germany is declared null and void. British troops occupy the German island of Heligoland in the North Sea.

The Norwegian resistance movement (Milorg) is officially disbanded.

USAAF B29’s firebomb Nagoya, the heaviest raid on the Japanese homeland so far, with 3,500 tons of bombs being dropped, which destroys the Mitsubishi works.

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