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1940

Mussolini and Hitler meet in the Brenner Pass in northern Italy
Mussolini and Hitler meet in the Brenner Pass in northern Italy, Mussolini agreeing to Italy’s entry into the war “at an opportune moment”.

Russia assures Sweden of its safety after Finland’s surrender.

1942
Lord Mountbatten is appointed Chief of Combined Operations.

US forces occupy the New Hebrides in order to help protect Australia’s west coast from direct Japanese invasion.

1943
Chindit forces cross the Irrawaddy in Burma.

1944
A New Zealand tank attack on Monte Cassino is repulsed, with the loss of all 17 tanks.

1945
Kolberg falls to the Polish 1st Army, of the 2nd Belorussian Front, although the Germans manage to evacuate 80,000 refugees and wounded first.

The US Third Army captures Boppard on the Rhine.

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