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1939
The United States proclaimed its neutrality in World War II.

French forces begin a limited offensive towards Saarbrücken.

Under the relentless pressure by the Wehrmacht, the Polish Army withdraws behind the Vistula river, but the German troops gain bridgeheads on the opposite bank.

1940
An irate Hitler orders a new offensive by the Luftwaffe against Britain with no regard for the civilian population. London is set as the primary target, after the RAF for the first time makes several night raids on Berlin, causing many civilian casualties. Air raids continue over Southeast England with a hospital in Kent being hit, killing 23 patients and two nurses. August civilian casualty figures announced at 1,075 killed and 1.261 seriously injured.

1941
British release General Dentz, after Vichy releases British POWs in Syria.

1943
The Eighth Army captures San Stefano, 10 miles inland in Calabria, Italy.

US paratroops land behind the Japanese positions at Lae, surrounding about 20,000 Japanese troops.

1944
Germany launches its first V-2 missile at Paris, France.

The U.S. 3rd Army crosses the Meuse as the British reach Ghent.

The Russians declare war on Bulgaria.

A German-Hungarian counterattack in the area of Klausenburg in Romania fails.

1945
British land in Singapore.

Iva Toguri D’Aquino, a Japanese-American suspected of being wartime radio propagandist ”Tokyo Rose,” was arrested in Yokohama.

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