Posts Tagged ‘WWII July’

Sep 13

NBC Words At War Episode 26 “A Book Of War Letters“

Words At War Episode 26 “A Book Of War Letters“ Released December 14, 1943.

Words At War, the series that brings you radio versions of the leading war books brings you “A Book Of War Letters”. A dramatizations of war letters written by men in the armed forces, letters from the camps and fighting fronts. This is the war as American soldiers saw it. Take a look at these other WWII Posts: WWII Today: October 21 WWII Today: July 21 Words at War: The Weeping Wood

Sep 12

NBC Words At War Episode 25 “Ave Duce“

Words At War Episode 25 “Ava Duce“ Released November 30, 1943.

Words At War, the series that brings you radio versions of the leading war books brings you “Ava Duce” a radio treatment to the disease known as fascism inspired by and based on three informative books, Fruits of Fascism by Herbert L Mathews, Sawdust Caesar by George Seldes and Balcony Empire by Reynolds and Eleanor Packard. Take a look at these other WWII Posts: Words at War Radio Program WWII Today: August 20 WWII Today: July 20

Sep 10

NBC Words At War Episode 22 “To All Hands“

NBC Words At War Episode 22 “To All Hands“ Released November 9, 1943.

Words At War, the series that brings you radio versions of the leading war books brings you “To All Hands”. An “amphibious adventure.” A flagship bridge announcer describes the invasion of Sicily to the men below decks who can’t see the battle.

The invasion of Sicily reported by the well known dramatic critic, author and lecturer John Mason Brown now Lieutenant Brown United States Naval reserve.

You will share the experience of the men below deck on the Spelvin for you will hear just as they did John Mason Brown himself in excerpts from his book To All Hands which he subtitled, An Amphibious Adventure. Take a look at these other WWII Posts: WWII Camel Cigarette Ad WWII Today: May 25 Words at War: Paris Underground

Aug 01

Yank Pin Ups the Wilde Twins – August 1945

Lee and Lyn Wilde, sometimes billed as The Wilde Twins were twin sisters, who appeared in films of the early to mid 1940s.→ Read more

Jul 31

NBC Words At War Episode 88 “Can Do“

Words At War “Can Do“ Released March 13, 1945.

Words At War, the series that brings you radio versions of the leading war book another adaptation of an important war book, “Can Do”. The story of the Seabees (Navy Construction Battalions).


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Jul 31

World War II Today: July 31

1940Hitler appraised the Army plan for the invasion of Britain at a conference of his top Military chiefs. The Navy criticize the plan for being on a too broad a front, requiring 2,500 barges in order to transport the invading forces, which cant be concentrated before the 15th of September at the earliest. The Army refute these arguments, saying that too narrow a front would allow the British to concentrate what forces they posses.

Hitler formally announces to his military commanders that he has decided to invade Russia.

In Lithuania, Japanese Consul Chiune Sugihara begins writing thousands of visas for Jews to flee through the USSR into Japanese-controlled China.

First Mitsubishi Zero is delivered to the Japanese navy.

1941The U.S. Army establishes the Military Police Corps.

During July, 501 British civilians died in air raids.

Goering instructs Heydrich to prepare for Final Solution.

Joseph Terboven declares a state of emergency in Norway.

Army Group North, which is slowly advancing toward Leningrad, reaches Lake Ilmen, to the south of Novgorod. However, its troops are very fatigued due to the marshes and heavily wooded terrain.

1942Heavy RAF night raid on Düsseldorf.

The German advance into the Northern Caucasus continues.

1944The British VIII Corps begins ‘Operation Bluecoat’, an assault towards the river Vire. The U.S. 4th Armoured Division captures Avranches, having advanced 35 miles and taken 20,000 prisoners since the 25th July.

The Soviet army takes Kovno, the capital of Lithuania.

The last Japanese counter-attack on Tinian is annihilated. U.S. forces make further landings on the North West coast of Dutch New Guinea and begin a jungle push from Aitape.

1945The French collaboration trials have so far resulted in 1,629 death sentences, 757 hard labour for life, 5,328 other hard labour, 1,136 solitary confinement, 11,073 prison sentences, 22,137 to suffer national degradation and 3,564 acquitted.

Former head of Vichy French government, Pierre Laval, is sent from Spain to Austria under pressure from France; he is immediately arrested by the Americans and turned over to the French. He will be executed October 15 for collaborating with the Nazis.

A British midget submarine attack on Singapore sinks the Japanese heavy cruiser Takao.

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Jul 30

World War II Today: July 30

1940The Luftwaffe ceases major air raids over Britain as it builds up strength for it forth coming onslaught.

Act of Havana signed to prevent German takeover of colonies.

First Free Polish fighter squadron is formed in Britain.

1941Polish-Soviet agreement of cooperation signed at London.

US gunboat Tutiula damaged by Japanese planes near Chungking.

British planes from carriers bomb Petsamo.

17 Japanese ‘spy’ fishing boats seized by US in Hawaiian waters.

1942The Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Services (WAVES) is authorized by the U.S. Congress.

The Red Army launches a counter-offensive at Rzhev, which leads to the temporary encirclement of six German divisions, although these are successfully supplied by massive air drops from the Luftwaffe. Army Group A consolidates its bridgehead over the Manych River, while Army Group B struggles to reduce the Soviet bridgehead at Kalach in the Don Estuary west of Stalingrad.

Chinese recapture Tsingtien in Eastern Chekiang, cutting off the Japanese at Wenchow.

Japanese capture crucial islands en route to New Guinea.

1943Hamburg is bombed for a third time.

Army Group A losses the initiative in its attack to secure its positions along the Mius River.

Six British divisions attack at Caumont, 15 miles East of St. Lo.

1945British, U.S. and French troops enter Vienna.

The Japanese reject the Potsdam ultimatum, so the Joint Chiefs order the plans for Japanese surrender to be drawn up.

After delivering parts of the first atomic bomb to the island of Tinian, a Japanese submarine sinks the Cruiser U.S.S. Indianapolis resulting in the loss of 881 crewmen. The ship sinks before a radio message can be sent out leaving survivors adrift for two days.

US War Relocation Authority announces all but one internment camp for Japanese (Tule Lake) to close by December 15.

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Jul 29

World War II Today: July 29

1940 Eighty (80) German planes attack Dover harbour; British claim 17 down; Air Ministry accuses Germans of using Red Cross planes for reconnaissance. Germany apologizes to Eire for Wexford bombing. Intense dogfights over London and Home Counties. Britain refuses German proposal to use 64 Red Cross ships to rescue airmen from the English Channel.

A German memorandum issued by the OKM states that an invasion of Great Britain will not be possible until the second half of September 1940 and that the prospects for such an invasion seem doubtful.

Germany annexes Belgian provinces of Eupen, Malmédy, and Moresnet; bans speaking of French and Flemish.

James Melville ‘Jimmy’ Cox, the Reuters’ correspondent in Tokyo was arrested on 27th July by the Kempeitai on the usual non-specific charge of espionage. Two days later he was seen falling from an open window on the third floor of the Kempeitai Headquarters. They claimed that he had committed suicide because he was guilty of espionage.

1941 Marshal Zhukov resigns as Russian Chief of Staff.

Dutch freeze Japanese assets; now Japan has lost 75% of foreign trade and 90% of its oil supply.

1942 German troops take Proletarskaya and establish a bridgehead over the Manych River in the Caucasus region.

As Australians retreat, Japanese take Kokoda and its airfield in Papua New Guinea.

1943 The mass evacuation of a million civilians from Hamburg is ordered after the recent heavy bombings.

Army Group A launches counter attacks to improve its positions along the Mius River.

As Blitz Week continues, US Eighth Air Force bombs Kiel and Warnemünde, while RAF returns to battered Hamburg.

1944 The last of a series of RAF bombing raids on Stuttgart that kill 900 and leave 100,000 homeless takes place.

The Red Army reaches to the Baltic coast to the West of Riga, thereby cutting Army Group North off in Estonia and Eastern Latvia.

The Orote Peninsula is secured on Guam.

1945 After having delivered the atomic bomb to Tinian, cruiser USS Indianapolis is sunk by Japanese sub I-58 off Leyte, and is not missed for days. Only 316 of 1196 men will survive the shark-infested waters.

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Jul 28

World War II Today: July 28

1940 All road and rail links between occupied France and Vichy cut by the Germans.

Slovak President and Premier meet Hitler and von Ribbentrop at Berchtesgarden.

Act of Havana is signed by the US and twenty Latin American countries, agreeing to help any country threatened by the Axis in the Americas.

1941 Finland ends diplomatic relations with Great Britain.

German troops begin to clear Soviet forces trapped in the Smolensk pocket.

Forty thousand Japanese troops land in southern French Indochina.

Japan freezes American assets.

1942 The effect of the fall of Rostov spreads panic and terror in the Soviet Union, prompting harsh counter-measures by the Soviet High Command.

Young Jews in Warsaw ghetto form Jewish Fighting Organization (ZOB).

1943 The second mass raid on Hamburg by 722 RAF bombers results in nine square miles of city being set alight.

The Japanese garrison of 6,000 troops are secretly evacuated from Kiska in the Aleutians.

President Roosevelt announces end of coffee rationing.

In Sicily, Palermo Harbor opens for Allied shipping.

1944 U.S. troops take Coutances, thereby meeting the objectives laid down for ‘Operation Cobra’.

Brest-Litovsk, on the Polish frontier is taken by the Russians. More crossings over the Vistula are also made.

1945 A B-25 bomber crashes into the Empire State Building at 79th floor in fog, killing 14 people.

Japanese “choose to ignore” Potsdam Declaration requiring unconditional surrender.

The remnants of Japanese battle fleet are destroyed in three days of attacks over the Japanese Inland Sea, as the Americans deploy 2,000 carrier-planes and bombers in action.

Destroyer USS Callaghan is sunk, the last Allied ship to be sunk by kamikaze.

US Senate ratifies UN Charter.

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Jul 27

World War II Today: July 27

1940 German aircraft sink destroyers Codrington at Dover and Wren off the Suffolk coast.

Japan announces its plans for the creation of the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere.

1941 London is severely bombed by the Luftwaffe, in its first air raid for 10 weeks.

German troops liberate Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. Guderian’s Panzer Group 2 is removed from its subordination to von Kluge’s 4th Army and put directly under the control of Army Group Centre. This is due to severe disagreements between the von Kluge and Guderian, which are disabling operations. Fierce battles rage 25 miles to the east of Smolensk.

General Douglas MacArthur enjoys his first full day in command of all U.S. armed forces in the Far East. President Roosevelt later explains MacArthur’s success; “Never underestimate a man who overestimates himself.”

Peru takes Puerto Bolivar, Ecuador in first paratroop combat in western hemisphere.

1942 German troops take Bataysk, and 6th Army launches an attack to destroy the soviet bridgehead west at Kalach.

British press attack at El Alamein, but fail to make gains against Germans.

Australian Women’s Land Army formed for agricultural workers.

1943 The liberation of Mussolini, the occupation of Rome and Italy, plus the capture of the Italian fleet is decided upon by the German High Command. Mussolini himself is transferred from Rome to the Island of Ponza. Heavy fighting continues in Sicily, leading Kesselring to order preparations for the evacuation of the island.

1944 U.S. troops breakthrough at St. Lo, forcing a general German withdrawal from Normandy toward the river Seine.

The Russians take Lvov, Dunaburg and Bialystok and secure a major bridgehead over the Magnuszew River. Further gains are also made in Baltic States.

U.S. troops complete the liberation of Guam.

1945 Chinese retake Kweilin from Japanese in southeast China.

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