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World War II Today: August 6

1940
Goering sets the 10th August 1940 as ‘Eagle day’, the start of the Luftwaffe major offensive against the RAF and its Airfields.

Italian forces reach Odweina in British Somaliland. Battles at Tug Argan and at Hargeisa.

1941
The Japanese foreign minister, Admiral Nomura, proposes to the USA a meeting between Roosevelt and Prime Minister Konoye.

1942
General Dwight D. Eisenhower is appointed as commander-in-chief of allied forces preparing to invade North Africa.

World War II Today: August 6 - WW2 North Africa

The British section of the ‘World Jewish Congress’, claims that 1,000,000 Jews are already dead in occupied Europe.

German 1st Panzer Army crosses the Kuban river at Armavir.

1943
A partial evacuation of Berlin is announced in order to avoid another Hamburg.

German troops pour into Italy as Axis foreign ministers meet at Treviso.

Battle of Vella Gulf: 4 Japanese destroyers attempt to bring troops and supplies to Kolombangara, Solomon Is. and are attacked by 6 U.S. destroyers. 3 Japanese destroyers are sunk and 1 damaged. U.S. destroyers suffer no damage.

The Japanese air base at Munda is in the hands of the U.S. Marines. Control of the site, in the center of the Solomon archipelago, gives the Marines a base for bombing Japanese positions in the Philippines.

1944
The U.S. XX Corps enters Laval and continues south-east. The U.S. 4th Armoured Division advances to Vannes and Lorient, while the U.S. 6th Armoured Division, on their right flank, is headed for the westernmost point of the Brittany Peninsula and the ports of Brest. North of them, 8th U.S. Infantry Division is passing along the northern coastline of the peninsula.

The Russians seize the Polish oil centre of Drohobyez.

The German Rahmel aircraft factory near Gdynia in Poland, is attacked by allied bombers.

The last Jewish ghetto in Poland, Lodz, is liquidated with 60,000 Jews sent to Auschwitz.

1945
At 8;15 am the B-29 Enola Gay, piloted by Paul Tibbets, dropped the first Atomic bomb, Little Boy, on the city of Hirosima, Japan.

The Belgians announce that 2,117 collaborators have been sentenced to death, out of 16,000 found guilty.

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