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World War II Today: July 14

1940
Bastille Day in France declared ‘day of meditation’, de Gaulle and Free French lay wreaths at Cenotaph in London.

Churchill broadcasts that Hitler must recast his invasion plans.

British commandos launch a raid against Guernsey in the Channel Islands, with negligible results.

A force of German bombers attacks Suez, Egypt, from bases in Crete.

1941
Believing the campaign in the East soon to be concluded in Germany’s favor, Hitler orders the German war industry to shift production away from guns and armored vehicles to U-boats and planes.

Army Group North is now only 80 miles from Leningrad.

World War II Today: July 14An armistice is signed at Acre between Vichy and British/Free French forces. This requires all French material to be handed over to the British and gives the Vichy French the choice of joining the Free French or returning to France. Most opt for the latter. During the campaign the Vichy French suffered 3,350 killed or wounded, while the

British and Free French lost about 2,400 men.

1942
A program in occupied France begins. In 3 days 15,000-18,000 Jews are arrested and sent to concentration camps.

Beginning of deportation of Dutch Jews to Auschwitz.

Final losses for PQ17 are 24 out of 35 ships sunk.

The advance by Army Group A towards Rostov continues against minimal Soviet resistance.

A British attack against axis positions to the South of El Alamein is repulsed.

1943
RAF Coastal Command begins daily patrols over the Bay of Biscay with aircraft equipped with new detection devices

to locate and destroy German U-boats leaving and entering their bases on the French coast.

Joining in the counter-offensive by the Central, Bryansk and Western Fronts, the Soviet Voronezh Front launches

attacks against the 4th Panzer Army and Army Detachment Kempf in the southern sector of the Kursk salient.

British and German paratroops fight for key Primosole bridge in Sicily.

1944
Hitler leaves Berchtesgaden for the last time.

A new Russian offensive begins in the northern Ukraine opens with massive support from the Red Air Force and gains up to 10 miles and recaptures Pinsk.

1945
The first Bastille Day for five years is celebrated enthusiastically by the French.

The U.S. Third Fleet shells Kamaishi, 275 miles north of Tokyo.

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