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World War II Today: April 14

1940
The German Minesweeper M6 sinks Royal Navy submarine Tarpon.

British and French troops land at Namsos near Narvik to assist Norwegians against German invasion.

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

Yugoslavian government escape to Athens.

Kaiser shipyards in Richmond, California lay keel for its first liberty ship, the Ocean Vanguard; 747 ships will be built in Richmond.

1942
World War II Today: April 14 - German sailors of U-85 are buried with military honors at Hampton National Cemetery, Hampton, VA, 15 Apr 1942Laval returns to power in Vichy as the ‘Chief of Government with special powers’. Thirty five hostages shot in Paris.

Off North Carolina, destroyer USS Roper sinks U-85 in first US naval victory over a German U-boat, all 46 on board killed.

British destroy Yenangyaung oil fields in Burma as Japanese advance.

1943
Stalin’s son, Yakov Dzhugashvili, dies as a prisoner of war of the Germans.

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.

At Bombay, India, British ammunition ship Fort Stikineexplodes, killing 1300, and destroying 27 ships.

Chinese launch offensive across border into Burma.

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

US Fifth Army launches final offensive in Italy, toward the Po Valley.

US Third Army takes Bayreuth, Germany.

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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