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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.

Germany announces Jews must surrender radios.

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

1941
Royal Navy Grumman Marlet Mk. II fighter from the aircraft carrier HMS Formidable at Oran, Algeria, December 1942 (US Navy photo)Martlet fighter plane from HMS Audacity in convoy OG-74 shoots down a German Fw 200 bomber, the first kill from an escort carrier.

Germans impose curfew in Paris from 9 pm to 5 am.

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
World War II Today: September 20 - XXX Corps Crossing Nijmegen BridgeIn Operation Market Garden, British ground troops and US 82nd Airborne troops take Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

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

1945
British and US warships anchor at Shanghai, China.

German rocket engineers begin work in US rocket program.

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