1940 Hungarian Premier and Foreign Minister in Vienna agree to join Tripartite.
1941 The exiled Norwegian Government in London officially backs ‘Milorg’, the largest resistance organization in Norway.
The British garrison is ordered toÂ break out and link up with XXX Corps. However, Rommel, now realizing theÂ threat sent the Afrika Korps to attack at Sidi Rezegh.
Japanese issue attack orders, although no action is to be taken until the results of the latest diplomatic negotiations are known.
1942 Northeast and southwest of Stalingrad, the attacking Soviet armies are making rapid progress in the direction of Kalach on the Don, the chosen meeting point of the two pincers. The 6th and 4th Panzer Army’s hurriedly dispatch mobileÂ units to bolster the unprepared and crumbling Romanian defenses west andÂ south of the Don. Hitler relinquishes his command of Army Group A to Kleist.
The Eighth Army reaches Benghazi.
1943 The Eighth Army crosses the Sangro River for first time. 4,800 British prisoners are taken at Samos in the Aegean.
The Red Army achieves a breakthrough near Kremenchug in the Ukraine and advances toward Kirovograd. Hitler does not allow ArmyÂ Group North to withdraw to Panther line. Russian POW losses for war now total over five million.
US Marines land on Makin and Tarawa atolls in Gilbert Islands, with fierce fighting reported.
1944 With artillery audible in the distance, Hitler departs for Berlin from the Wolfschanze (Wolf’s Lair), his headquarters near Rastenburg in East Prussia that he has occupied since the beginning of the war with the Soviet Union in June 1941. Although construction work continues on the headquarters, Hitler never returns.
1945 The Nuremberg trials begin, with Goring, Ribbentrop, Hess, Keitel, Jodl, Raeder, Doenitz, Streicher and other top Nazis on trial.Take a look at these other WWII Posts: WWII Today: September 27 WWII Today: October 12 WWII Today: September 3 WWII Today: November 21
We Macy balloons have always stood for peace and plenty of fun for all. We were a weaving and bobbing symbol of democracy at play. We figured in a parade devoted to laughter and shenanigans. Fear never marched in our ranks. there wasn’t a goosestep or a gun in the whole shebang. The 2,000,000 people who came to enjoy the show were peace lovers too. But now we’ve a war to win and we’ve enlisted, to help make the world safe for future parades full of merriment and good will.
We are turning ourselves over, body and soul, with no strings attached, to the New York City Salvage Committee. Destined for the rubber scrap pile, we will perhaps find our way into tires for tanks, or maybe life rafts. Wherever we’re most needed, we’ll be glad to serve our country– though we can’t help wishing we could float over Hirohito’s palatial shack, and frighten him out of his kimono. We’d like to act as a barrage balloons, around New York or London. But it’s up to the armed forces. What they say goes, And whatever assignment we draw, we’ll swell with prid (helium or no helium) knowing that we’re going to help deflate Hitler and his chums.
Our public, though disappointed that the parade will not parade, will be glad that Macy’s has donated us to the war effort. The helium that used to inflate us will be saved, also the metal cylinders in wich it came. The tires and gas, too,, that maneuvered the numerous trucks and floats down Broadway, weill be spared for more important jobs. And we know you’ll agree it is wise not to attract a crowd of 2,000,000 people in time when New York’s Finest are needed to guard warehouses and docks.
So we’re wish you a fine dinner, and as we go join up, we’ll be looking forward to that glorious thanksgiving Day when our descendants will parade down Central Park West and Broadway, while millions cheer. Boy! with that be a Thanksgiving!
P.S. Our famous mechanical windows, designed by r\Russell Patterson, will perform as usual starggin on Thanksgiving Day at 9 A.M. This year the show’s called “THE FUNNY PAGE PARADE.” and you’ll recognize lots of your closest friends in the 26 floats.
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1940 Greek successes continue in northern Greece and Albania. The Italians are driven back across the Kalamas River.
The Canadian government approves initiation of mass production of war bacteria.
The Luftwaffe launches a major raid against Birmingham, inflicting heavy damage in places.
1941 The Times newspaper’s report on Occupied Europe estimates that 82,000 Poles have been shot or hanged since Poland’s occupation by the Germans.
The cruiser HMAS Sydney and German raider Kormoran sink each other off Western Australia. There are no survivors from HMAS Sydney.
1942 The Red Army opens its winter offensive with a pincer movement round Stalingrad with the aim of encircling and destroying the German forces fighting in Stalingrad. The initial attacks by the Soviet 5th Tank Army from the north and the 51st Army from the south are directed against the exposed rear flanks of 6th Army and 4th Panzer Army held by the Romanian 3rd and 4th Army’s which are overrun and scattered. Russian gains in Caucasus are also announced.
Two RAF Horsa gliders carrying 34 British Royal Engineer Commandos, crashes in Norway en route to their mission of destroying the German ‘heavy water’ plant at Telemark. The survivors are captured by the Germans, questioned, tortured and shot, although they were all in uniform.
British troops engage a German tank column only 30 miles from Tunis.
1944 The U.S. 95th Division fights its way into the suburbs of Metz.
The French 1st Armoured Division reaches the Rhine.
The RAF’s destruction of Drina bridge at Visegrad causes an 85-mile German traffic jam in Yugoslavia.Take a look at these other WWII Posts: WWII Today: April 22 WWII Today: July 23 WWII Today: June 26
1939 The Dutch ship Simon Bolivar hits an ‘un-notified’ mine in the North Sea, killing 80. Several other neutral ships also sunk by mines.
IRA detonate four small bombs in Piccadilly, London.
1941 At 6am ‘Operation Crusader’, the British Eighth Army’s offensive to relieve Tobruk begins. Rommel, who arrives back from Rome that day, is caught by surprise, allowing the British XXX Corps to advance 50-miles and capture the axis airfield 10 miles south of Sidi Rezegh. The Germans, believing that the British are about to encircle Bardia, send the Afrika Korps on a wild goose chase in that direction.
Gen. Sir Alan Brooke replaces Field Marshal John Dill as British Chief of the Imperial General Staff.
1942 Laval is given absolute power by Vichy in Africa.
1943 A German counter offensive recaptures Zhitomir.
The RAF begins the ‘battle of Berlin’ with 700 tons dropped. Other areas also pounded in the biggest RAF operation so far.
1944 A German hospital ship, Tubingen is sunk accidentally by allied aircraft in the Adriatic, but luckily no wounded were onboard. The British express regret to the German authorities about the mistake.
Inmates of Janowska concentration camp near Lwów (at this time in German-occupied Poland), staged an uprising that ultimately failed. Leon Weliczker and several other prisoners had run errands for the camp guards, and were accustomed to bringing firewood into the guard houses. On the evening of the 19th, two groups of prisoners attacked guards in two different locations, stole their machines guns, and started a breakout. The 6,000 remaining Jewish residents of Janowska camp were killed over the next four days and on November 23, Lwów (now Lviv in the Ukraine) was declared Judenrein (“clean of Jews”).
The U.S. Third Army crosses the German frontier. Metz is cut off and surrounded by the U.S. Third Army’s, XX Corps.Take a look at these other WWII Posts: WWII Today: July 13 WWII Today: September 22 WWII Today: September 8
1939 The Supreme Allied War Council agrees on the co-ordination of British and French war production. It is also decided that if the Germans should invade Belgium, then both British and French troops will move forward in to Belgium to defend the Albert Canal, River Meuse and the River Dyle, which were strong positions from which to meet any German attack. However, the Belgium government refuses to allow Allied reconnaissance parties in to country for fear of provoking the Germans.
The funeral of Czech Jan Opletal becomes the occasion for a large student demonstration. The Germans strike back ruthlessly, sentencing nine student leaders to death, closing the Czech universities, and sending 1200 students to concentration and labour camps.
1941 German Luftwaffe general and World War I fighter-ace Ernst Udet commits suicide. The Nazi government tells the public that he died in a flying accident.
The Germans establish the post of Reichskommissariat Ostland under Alfred Rosenberg, to administer the recently conquered territories in the east. Siberian troops are heavily engaged in front of Moscow.
A British night commando raid on what is thought to be Rommel’s HQ at Breda Littoria in the Jebel Akhdar in Libya, fails when it is found to be only aÂ logistical HQ and that Rommel is away on a visit to Rome. Also, the SAS raid on axis airfields fails when the transport aircraft are blown off course by a sandstorm.
Chiang Kai-shek urges the western democracies to take urgent action against Japan.
British paratroops engage German troops in Tunisia, while the first clashes occur between the newly landed U.S. and German forces.
1943 A storm of protest erupts in Britain over the release of Sir Oswald Mosley, the British fascist, on health grounds.
The Russian 60th Army takes Korosten, 100 miles West of Kiev.Take a look at these other WWII Posts: WWII Winchester Rifle Advertisement WWII Today: August 31 Words at War: George Washington Carver
1940 131 RAF Bomber Command aircraft make raids on four Hamburg targets.
1941 The German 11th Army takes Kerch in the eastern Crimea, although Sevastopol still holds out.
U.S. and Australian forces join up for the assault on the last Japanese stronghold in Northern Papua, the Buna-Gona bridgehead.
1943 Leros surrenders to the Germans.
The RAF bomb the ‘heavy water’ plant at Telemark, which the Germans are attempting to repair.
Germany’s nuclear weapons program was dealt a blow when 306 American bombers flew over Norway and struck a heavy water plant at Rjukan and a molybdenum refinery at Knaben.
The Battle of Leros ended when Allied troops on the island surrendered. The Germans paid a heavy price, however. Having lost 160 planes and 4,800 personnel in the five days of fighting, they were even considering calling off the offensive before word of the surrender came through.
Residents of the English village of Tyneham in Dorset were all given notice that they were being evicted. Signs posted in the village that day put everyone on notice that they had to leave by December 19. None of them had the right to contest the action, because they were all tenants of the descendants of Nathaniel Bond, whose family owned the Tyneham House and the surrounding area. The British War Department had acquired the area as a training ground in preparation for D-Day.
The USS Corvina became the only American submarine to be sunk by an attack by an enemy submarine, after the Japanese submarine I-176 struck it with two torpedoes in the South Pacific.
The German submarine U-280 was depth charged and sunk in the North Atlantic by a B-24 of No. 86 Squadron RAF.
The U.S. First and Ninth Armies launch a new attack to the East of Aachen towards the Roer Dams (6 miles away) with four divisions on a 25-mile front. With Antwerp, Marseilles and other liberated ports now available for Allied use, the so-called “Red Ball Express,” a relay of U.S. Army supply trucks operating between the front and the Normandy beaches, is finally shut down.
5,689 tons of bombs, a record for one day are dropped by the RAF on the German frontline to the East of Aachen.
Eighty-eight German scientists, holding Nazi secrets, arrive in the United States.Take a look at these other WWII Posts: WWII Today: September 2 WWII Today: August 8 WWII Today: August 21
1939 The German pocket-battleship Admiral Graf Spee sinks the merchantman Africa Shell off Mozambique.
1940 67 RAF Wellington, Whitley, and Hampden bombers attack Hamburg, doing extensive damage to the city and shipyards, with no loss of aircraft.
The prototype de Havilland Mosquito takes off for the first time; designed as a bomber fast enough to dispense with defensive armament, it has a top speed of 400 mph (644 km/h).
RAF squadrons deploy from their bases in the Middle East to Greece under the command of Air Vice-Marshal J D’Albiac.
Blenheims and Wellingtons of the Western Desert Air Force attack targets deep inside enemy territory, and Lysanders and Blenheims provide complete reconnaissance of Italian defenses at Sidi Barrani.
The Warsaw Ghetto, containing over 400,000 Jews, is sealed off.
1941 In temperatures of -20°C, Army Group Centre resumes its offensive against Moscow, employing PanzerÂ Groups 1, 2 and 3, as well as the 2nd, 4th and 9th Armies.
The de Havilland Mosquito light bomber enters service with No. 105 Sqn at RAF Swanton Morley, Norfolk. However, it was on 31 May 1942 that the Mosquito took part in its first operational raid (Cologne).
A Japanese special negotiator arrives in Washington.
1942 Another night action off Guadalcanal costs the US Navy three destroyers for Japanese battleship Kirishma.
1943 The allied expeditionary air force is formed in Britain for the invasion of Europe.
Mark Clark calls off the U.S. Fifth Army’s offensive. The British counter-attack on Leros fails as theÂ Luftwaffe flies 600 sorties a day. A State of emergency is declared in Milan as unrest in northern Italy continues. The Germans take 1,750 hostages; machine guns are in the streets and 8pm curfew enforced.
The 2nd Tactical Air Force (2nd TAF) is formed; this in turn forms part of the Allied Expeditionary Air Force (AEAF), commanded by Air Chief Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory, in preparation for the invasion of mainland Europe.Take a look at these other WWII Posts: WWII Today: September 27 WWII Today: June 1 WWII Today: September 7
Words At War, the series that brings you radio versions of the leading war books offers this important adaptation of “Wild River,” drama of Dnieper Dam, by Anna Louise Strong.https://www.wwiidogtags.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/44-Wild-River.mp3 Take a look at these other WWII Posts: Words at War: A Bell for Adano WWII Today: November 4 WWII Today: July 5
1940 Coventry bombed. The Luftwaffe launches 449 bombers in a heavy night attack against the major manufacturing city of Coventry, dropping around 400 tons of bombs causing severe damage to industrial and civilian installations. The city centre is badly damaged, with 21 factories being destroyed and the cathedral wrecked but for its spire. The raid kills or injures 1,419 people and makes thousands homeless. A new word is created in both the English and German languages, ‘Coventrate’ and ‘Coventrieren’, meaning the physical and psychological destruction of a city.
Greek army repels Italians back into Albania.
1941 US orders withdrawal of American gunboats and Marines from China to the Philippines.
1942 British and Americans launch offensive from Algeria toward Tunisia.
The Naval Battle of Guadalcanal ended in strategic American victory. On the battle’s final day the Japanese battlecruiser Kirishima and destroyer Ayanami were sunk by the American battleship USS Washington, while the Americans lost the destroyers Benham and Walke.
Church bells were rung throughout England in celebration of the Allied victory at El Alamein. It was the first time that church bells had sounded since 1940 when they were silenced during the threat of German invasion.
German submarine U-98 was depth charged and sunk southwest of Cape St. Vincent, Portugal by the British destroyer Wrestler.
German submarine U-259 was depth charged and sunk in the Mediterranean by a Lockheed Hudson of No. 500 Squadron RAF.
The American Liberty ship SS Robert E. Peary was commissioned just 4 days, 15 hours and 29 minutes after the keel was laid down.
1944 De Lattre launches an attack in the snow near the Swiss border, to take Belfort. The U.S. 95th infantry Division begins to capture the Metz forts. The British begins their attack on Maas in central Holland.
Premiere of documentary Combat America, produced by Clark Gable from footage he took on his five missions with the 351st Bomb Group.
Nine German vessels were destroyed by Great Britain. A tenth ship was driven to the shore. The ships destroyed were moving north along the coast.Take a look at these other WWII Posts: WWII Today: August 18 WWII Today: September 12 WWII Today: September 2
1939 HMS Blanche struck a mine and sank off the Thames Estuary. She was the first Royal Naval destroyer lost in the war. Two German supply ships are scuttled when cornered by the Royal Navy.
German bombers attacked British territory for the first time, with a bombing raid on the Shetland Islands. No serious damage was done.
1941 Temperature near Moscow drops to -80Â°F (-22.2Â°C).
President Roosevelt announces the arming of American merchant vessels carrying Lend-Lease cargo to Britain. The US Congress and Senate, vote by a small majority to repeal the 1939 Neutrality Act.
British aircraft carrier Ark Royal is torpedoed off Gibraltar by U-81 and later sinks.
1942 The Eighth Army captures Tobruk and Montgomery says: ‘We have completely smashed the German and Italian armies’.
First sea battle off Guadalcanal in the Pacific begins in confusion.
1944 German troops evacuate Skopje in Yugoslavia.
Free French forces under General Leclerc attack from Alsace towards the upper Rhine.
General de Gaulle is elected headÂ of the provisional French government.Take a look at these other WWII Posts: WWII Today: October 23 WWII Today: October 19 Yank Pin Up: Esther Williams 1939 – HMS Blanche struck a mine and sank off the Thames Estuary. She was the first Royal Naval destroyer lost in the war. Two German supply ships are scuttled when cornered by the Royal Navy. 1939 – German bombers attacked British territory for the first time, with a bombing raid on the Shetland Islands. No serious damage was done. 1941 – Temperature near Moscow drops to -80Â°F (-22.2Â°C). 1941 – President Roosevelt announces the arming of American merchant vessels carrying Lend-Lease cargo to Britain. The US Congress and Senate, vote by a small majority to repeal the 1939 Neutrality Act. 1941 – British aircraft carrier Ark Royal is torpedoed off Gibraltar by U-81 and later sinks. 1942 – The Eighth Army captures Tobruk and Montgomery says: ‘We have completely smashed the German and Italian armies’. 1942 – First sea battle off Guadalcanal in the Pacific begins in confusion. 1944 – German troops evacuate Skopje in Yugoslavia. 1944 – Free French forces under General Leclerc attack from Alsace towards the upper Rhine. 1944 – General de Gaulle is elected headof the provisional French government.