World War II Today: March 15

Joseph Goebbels, German Minister of Propaganda bans four Berlin newspapers.

Germany occupies Bohemia and Moravia, Czechoslovakia.

Roosevelt broadcasts to the nation announcing ‘the end of compromise with tyranny.

The British ‘Northern Force’ having concentrated the 4th and 5th Indian Divisions begin their offensive for Italian fortress of Keren in Eritrea.

World War II Today: March 15 - SharnhorstGerman battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau sink 15 Allied ships in the North Atlantic over next two days.

U-503 is sunk near the Grand Banks, off Newfoundland, by another aircraft from the US squadron, VP-82.

Norwegian resistance members seize ship SS Galtesundand sail to Britain.

Off Newfoundland, US Navy PBO Hudson sinks U-503, the same pilot (CPO Donald Mason) who had radioed “Sighted sub—sank same” in January, vindicating himself

Germans re-capture Kharkov.

The climax of the Battle of the Atlantic: U-boats sink 21 ships, with only one U-boat lost.

The US Navy establishes numbered fleet system; fleets in the Pacific assigned odd numbers and those in the Atlantic even.

The British Navy launches first X-class midget submarines.

The heaviest RAF raid of war is made against Stuttgart, with 3,000 tons dropped from 863 bombers, for the loss of only 36 planes.

The allies pound Cassino, dropping 1,250 tons of bombs dropped and firing 195,969 in 7 and a half hours, but the troops make slow headway.

The Soviet 1st Ukrainian Front breaks through German defenses and reaches the Bug river, the starting point in 1941 for Operation

The U.S. 1st Cavalry Division lands on Manus in the Admiralty Islands.

The Japanese begin crossing the Chindwin for an advance against Kohima.

Attacks by troops of the US First Army to expand the Remagen bridgehead further, meet with little success.

The Soviet 1st Ukrainian Front begins an offensive in the Ratibor area of Upper Silesia.

U.S. troops report slow progress on Luzon in the Philippines.

Almost four years after the end of World War II, clothes rationing in Great Britain ends.

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