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World War II Today: March 21

1940
Paul Reynaud becomes Prime Minister of France, with Edouard Daladier being made Minister of Defense and War.

First German merchant ship sunk by British sub: British submarine Ursula sinks German freighter Heddernheim.

World War II Today: March 21 - British Submarine Ursula

1941
The last Italian post in East Libya, North Africa, falls to the British.

1942
In a repeat of Force H’s mission on the 7th March 1942. Sixteen more Spitfires are delivered to Malta. The Axis, now aware of the large British supply convoy sailing towards Malta, dispatches Admiral Iachino from Taranto with the Battleship Littorio and 4 destroyers. Admiral Parona also sets sail from Messina with 3 cruisers and 4 destroyers.

President Roosevelt signs bill making violation of Executive Order 9066 (removal of Japanese-Americans from the west coast) a federal offense.

1943
Cornelia FortHitler breaks his four-month silence with a Hero’s Day speech.

Another failed assassination attempt on Hitler’s life, at Heroes Day celebration.

In Tunisia, US Rangers ambush Italians near Gafsa and take 1000 POWs.

Cornelia Fort becomes first WAFS (Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron, precursor of WASPs) member killed in action, ferrying BT-13 in Texas.

1944
Eruption of Mount Vesuvius buries villages of San Sebastiano and Massa; 6-km-high lava fountains are seen.

1945
Units of the U.S. First Army advances from the Remagen bridgehead toward Siegburg.

The Russians capture Stuhlweissenburg in Hungary.

The US 8th Air Force launches a major attack (650 bombers) against Hamburg.

Allied bombs for Copenhagen Gestapo HQ hit school; kill 86 students and 17 teachers.

Japanese use rocket-powered Ohka kamikaze plane for first time, but cause little damage to US fleet.

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