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WWII – Battle of the Coral Sea

On This Day – 7th/8th May 1942

The Battle of the Coral Sea is fought to stop the Japanese-planned capture of Port Moresby. It is a confused engagement and is the first major naval battle fought without visual contact being made between the surface forces of the opposing fleets. Continue reading “WWII – Battle of the Coral Sea”

WWII – The 75th Anniversary – Battle of the Atlantic

4 September 1941

During a convoy operation the US destroyer Greer is attacked by a German U-Boat.

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WWII – The 75th Anniversary – Eastern Front

1 September 1941

Army Group North closes in on the city of Leningrad (St. Petersburg). Continue reading “WWII – The 75th Anniversary – Eastern Front”

1941 – World War II – Operation Barbarossa

22 June

Operation Barbarossa was the code name for Nazi Germany’s World War II invasion of the Soviet Union, which began on this day in 1941. The operation was driven by Adolf Hitler’s ideological desire to conquer Soviet territory, even though he was still fighting the British Commonwealth in the west.

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1941 – Bismarck is sunk

27 May

Three days after sinking the British Battlecruiser Hood, the German Battleship Bismarck is pounded to a wreck by the British Battleships King George V and Rodney, forcing the crew of Bismarck to scuttle their ship.

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1941 – Battle of the Denmark Strait

24 May

A Second World War naval battle between the British battleship HMS Prince of Wales and the battlecruiser HMS Hood and the German battleship Bismarck and the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen, both of which were attempting to break out into the North Atlantic to attack Allied merchant shipping.

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WWII – The 75th Anniversary

Battle of the Atlantic – October

Convoys are now provided with escorts as far as 19 degrees west (about 300 miles west of Ireland). The Canadian forces provide similar cover in their waters. There are, however, still very few escorts and the cover is not strong. Continue reading “WWII – The 75th Anniversary”

WWII – The 75th Anniversary – Axis Diplomacy

27 – September

Germany, Italy and Japan sign an agreement promising that each will declare war on any third party which joins the war against one of the three. Continue reading “WWII – The 75th Anniversary – Axis Diplomacy”

WWII – The 75th Anniversary – Battle of Britain

25 – 30 September – On this day

The German attacks in this period are sent mostly against aircraft factories. Continue reading “WWII – The 75th Anniversary – Battle of Britain”

WWII – The 75th Anniversary – French West Africa

23-25 September

British and Free French forces try to bring the port of Dakar over to the Allied cause. The operation is code-named Menace. Continue reading “WWII – The 75th Anniversary – French West Africa”

WWII – The 75th Anniversary – Indochina

22 September

The Japanese enter Indochina after concluding a long period of negotiation with the Vichy government. Continue reading “WWII – The 75th Anniversary – Indochina”

WWII – The 75th Anniversary – Battle of Britain

19-25 September

German attacks continue with minor raids. Continue reading “WWII – The 75th Anniversary – Battle of Britain”

WWII – The 75th Anniversary – Battle of Britain

19 September – On this day

The German invasion fleet begins to disperse from the Channel ports.

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WWII – The 75th Anniversary – North Africa

18 September – On this day

The advance of the Italian Tenth Army comes to a halt, officially because of supply difficulties. Continue reading “WWII – The 75th Anniversary – North Africa”

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