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BONUS - This Week In History - 11 May 1945

Below is a list of major events of World War II as summarized by the Peace River Record Gazette, 11 May 1945.


Record Gazette, 11 May 1945


OUTSTANDING EVENTS OF WORLD WAR II


1939

Sept. 1 – Germany invaded Poland.

Sept. 3 – Britain and France declared war on Germany

Sept. 10 – Canada declared war on Germany

Sept. 28 – Germany and Russia partitioned Poland.

Oct. 28 – Italy invaded Greece

Nov. 30 – Russia troops invaded Finland.

Dec. 13 – Three British cruisers defeat German pocket battleship Graf Spee, which was later scuttled by its crew.

1940

April 9 – Germany invaded Norway and Denmark

April 15 – British and French troops landed in Norway.

May 2 – British evacuated southern Norway.

May 10 – Germany invaded Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg and France.

May 10 – Churchill becomes prime minister.

May 30 – British evacuated Dunkerque [sic.]

June 10 – Canada declared war on Italy after Italy declared war on Britain and France.

June 22 – German-French armistice agreement signed.

Aug 15 – Germany attacked Britain with 1,000 planes.

Sept. 15 – R.A.F. repelled German air blitz of Britain, destroying at least 185 planes in one day’s operations.

Oct. 18 – Britain announced R.A.F. foiled German attempt to invade Britain Sept. 16.

Dec. 9 – British opened first great North African offensive which annihilated Italy army.

Dec. 29 – Luftwaffe staged great ‘fire’ raid on Lond.

1941

January – U.S. introduced lend-lease program

March 10 – British troops embarked from Alexandria for Greece.

April 6 – Germany attached Yugoslavia and Greece.

May 26 – Germans attacked Crete in first airborne action.

May 27 – German super-battleship Bismarck sunk three days after she sank British battle cruiser Hood.

May 31 – British evacuated Crete.

June 22 – Germany, Italy and Romania declared war on Russia.

July 7 – U.S. naval forces landed in Iceland.

July 12 – Britain and Russia signed agreement for joint action against Germany.

Dec 11 – Germany and Italy declared war on United States.

1942

Jan. 27 – First American troops arrived in Northern Ireland.

May 30 – More than 1,000 Canadians participated in first 1,000 plane raid on Cologne.

July 1 – Germans captured Sevastopol.

Aug 19 – Canadians led attach on Dieppe.

Oct 23 – British opened Battle of El Alamein, turning point in North Africa.

Nov. 7 – U.S. troops landed in North Africa.

Nov. 11 – Germand occupied all France.

1943

Jan. 18 – Seventeen-month siege of Leningrad broken.

May 13 – All organized Axis resistance ends in North Africa.

July 10 – Canadian, British, American troops invaded Sicily.

July 15 – Russians opened gigantic summer-winter offensive that was to continue until Romania penetrated.

Aug 17 – Conquest of Sicily completed.

Sept. 3 – Canadians landed on Italian mainland.

Sept. 8 – Italy surrendered unconditionally.

Sept. 21 – Churchill promised invasion of Europe from the west.

Dec. 24 – D.D. Eisenhower appointed to direct Allied invasion of Europe from the west.


1944

April 3 – Russians invaded Romania.

April 25 – Pre-invasion bombing of Nazi Europe in full swing.

May 11 – Allied offensive in Italy launched.

June 4 – Allied captured Rome.

June 6 – Allies began invasion of western Europe.

June 23 – Russians began great 1944 summer offensive.

Aug 25 – Paris is liberated.

Sept 11 – Allies reach German border.

Dec. 17 – Nazis open counterattacks.

1945

Jan. 12 – Nazis counterattack broken.

Feb. 4-12 – Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin hold victory conference at Yalta.

March 7 – Allied troops break through Rhine line.

April 12 – President Roosevelt dies.





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