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World War II Today: September 11

1939
Arrival of first British troops in France officially announced.

Polish submarines ordered to break through to Britain or to be interned in Sweden.

1940
Afternoon attacks on London: 110 killed and 260 injured; Dover suffers worst attack of war.

Dutch SS formed under Dutch Nazi collaborationist Anton Mussert.

1941
Charles A. Lindbergh sparked charges of anti-Semitism with a speech in which he blamed ”the British, the Jewish and the Roosevelt administration” for trying to draw the United States into World War II.

German order of the day says Leningrad must be taken quickly, regardless of cost. Zhukov takes command of city.

US freighter “Montana” sunk en route to Iceland, none killed.

1942
Heavy RAF raid on Dusseldorf.

Japanese drive halted by Australians at loribaiwa, just 32 miles from Port Moresby.

1943
British 8th Army occupies Brindisi in southern Italy.

German officers captured by the Red Army since the start of the war, form an anti-Hitler association, called the “Bund Deutscher Offiziere”.

1944
American troops enter Luxembourg.

The 15th Scottish Division crosses the Dutch border, east of Antwerp. A bridgehead is established across MeuseEscaut canal.

The U.S. Third Army captures a large part of Maginot Line intact and reach the German border at Trier on the Moselle river.

The 1st French Division occupies Dijon.

US First Army reaches Siegfried Line at German border. At Saulieu, France, official contact is made between Overlord forces (landed in Normandy 6/6/44) and Dragoon forces (landed in southern France 8/15/44); Allied front now runs from the English Channel to the Swiss border to the Mediterranean.

1945
World War II Today: September 11Forty prominent Japanese are arrested for war crimes. Tojo, who ordered the raid on Pearl Harbor attempts suicide.

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