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1940
British Expeditionary Force surrounded on French coast.

The British garrison of Calais rejects a German call for surrender.

15 French generals relieved of their commands.

Trade Union executives accept Nye Bevan’s manpower mobilization plan, setting up Labour Supply Board and Production Council.

1941
Bismarck escapes the Royal Navy’s pursuit and separates from the Prinz Eugen and makes her way towards Brest.

German Navy Chief, Admiral Raeder warns that US convoying of British war supplies would be considered an act of war.

The Germans decide to go on the offensive having now received substantial reinforcement through Maleme airfield on Crete.

1942
RAF Coastal Command refuses permission for their aircraft to take part in operation ‘Millennium’, which means that a shortfall of 250 aircraft is expected. However, by scraping up all the resources within Bomber Command, he manages to find the required 1000 bombers.

Perth police arrest four Australians for planning to set up an ‘Australia First’ Nazi-style government.

1944
The U.S. Fifth Army make first contact with troops from the Anzio beachhead. German airborne troops attack Tito’s Partisan HQ at Drvar in Bosnia on Tito’s 52nd birthday.

German airborne troops attack Tito’s Partisan HQ at Drvar in Bosnia on Tito’s 52nd birthday. Tito and Churchill’s son Randolph, both manage to escape in to the mountains.

1945
The U.S. Joint Chiefs complete the plan for Operation ‘Olympic’, which sets the date to invade the Japanese mainland as no later that the 1st November 1945.

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