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World War II Today: September 20

1939
Prime Minister Chamberlain claims that at least 6 U-boats have been sunk in first fortnight of the war.

German troops in eastern Poland withdraw to the line agreed upon in the German-Soviet treaty. The Red Army moves in behind them to occupy the formerly Russian territory. Polish troops at Grodno manage to kill 800 Red Army soldiers and destroy ten tanks, whilst defending the city.

1940
The Canadian War Technical and Scientific Development Committee approves a request by Frederick Banting to begin bacterial warfare research.

1942
Paulus declares that the 6th Army need substantial reinforcements if it is to continues its assault in Stalingrad. Paulus and von Weichs were also very concerned about their flank defense which consisted of Italian, Hungarian and Romanian troops. However, Hitler was determined to capture Stalingrad before reorganizing the flanks.

1943
The British 8th Army occupies Bari in southern Italy. The allies also bomb Venice.

Army Group South begins its withdrawal to the Melitopol-Zaporozhe line.

1944
British armored forces of XXX Corps link up with U.S. paratroops at Nijmegen, capturing the bridge intact.

XXX Corps Crossing Nijmegen Bridge

A British tank breakout attempt through the Gothic Line is defeated by the tenacious defense.

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