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1940
The German Minesweeper M6 sinks Royal Navy submarine Tarpon.

1941
Germans break through the new Greek frontline. The Greek Army of Epirus withdraws from Albania.

1942
Laval returns to power in Vichy as the ‘Chief of Government with special powers’. Thirty five hostages shot in Paris.

1943
Stalin’s son Jacob dies in a POW camp. The Russian 14th Army repulses a German attack to the Southeast of Leningrad.

Lieutenant General William J. Slim takes over command in Arakan.

1944
First transports of Jews from Athens to Auschwitz, totaling 5,200 persons.

1945
U.S. troops split the Ruhr Pocket in two at Hagen.

Glider troops capture the ex-German Chancellor von Papen at a hunting-lodge near Stockhausen along with three generals.

The French launch a final assault on the trapped German garrison at Bordeaux.

The British Second Army reaches the outskirts of Bremen, while the US Third Army captures Gera and Bayreuth.

The Canadian First Army assumes military control of the Netherlands where German forces are now trapped in the Atlantic wall fortifications along the coastline.

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