World War II Today: August 26

Hitler cancels the order for the invasion of Poland on this day. He sets a new date of the 1st September.

World War II Today: August 26 - Pilots of No. 1 Squadron RCAF with one of their Hawker Hurricanes at Prestwick, Scotland, 30 October 1940. (Imperial War Museum)First Canadian fighter pilot in RCAF squadron is killed in combat in the Battle of Britain.

Eire government protests to Berlin over bombs dropped in County Wexford, killing three girls. London raided by Luftwaffe for six hours.

Hitler orders an initial redeployment of two Panzer and ten Infantry divisions from western Europe to Poland in preparation for the invasion of Russia.

Anglo-Canadian and Norwegian commandos land on Spitzbergen, 370 miles north of Norway, to deny the coal mines to the Germans. They destroy installations and mining equipment and evacuate the Norwegian population.

Pierre Laval is shot and wounded by Paul Colette who is arrested.

German losses on Russian Front reach 440,000, more than in the entire war before the 22nd June 1941. Army Group North surrounds and destroys the Soviet forces in the area of Velikije Luki.

The Hungarian Army rounds up 18,000 Jews at Kamenets-Podolsk.

British troops complete the occupation of the vital Abadan oilfields in Iran.

The Russians announce that their offensive along the Moscow front has pushed the Germans back 15-20 miles in a fortnight. German successes continue in Caucasus.

7,000 Jews arrested in unoccupied France.

Two thousand Japanese land at Milne Bay, South East of Port Moresby and advance up Kokoda Trail.

US bombers hit Hong Kong.

After a delirious day of celebrating their city’s liberation from the Germans, Parisians are brought back to reality shortly before midnight when the Luftwaffe stages a vindictive raid that destroys a substantial part of the city’s working class neighborhoods in the northeast.

Allied troops pour across Seine and drive East. The French liberate Tarascon and Avignon in the South of France.

Hitler orders a withdrawal from Greece. Bulgaria, Germany’s ally, withdraws from the war against Russia and declares its neutrality.

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