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Post by Mr Holmes » 28 Oct 2006 14:58

28th October, 1940

Fascist Italy declares war on Greece after Ioannis Metaxas' laconic statement of defiance "ὄχι" (="no") to Italian demands. Region affected by the invasion was Epirus after the Italians launched their attack from occupied Albania.

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Post by Potsdamerplatz » 11 Dec 2006 16:16

11th December 1941

Germany declares war on the United States.

http://www.history.com/tdih.do?action=t ... ry&id=6640

On this day, Adolf Hitler declares war on the United States, bringing America, which had been neutral, into the European conflict.

The bombing of Pearl Harbor surprised even Germany. Although Hitler had made an oral agreement with his Axis partner Japan that Germany would join a war against the United States, he was uncertain as to how the war would be engaged. Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor answered that question. On December 8, Japanese Ambassador Oshima went to German Foreign Minister von Ribbentrop to nail the Germans down on a formal declaration of war against America. Von Ribbentrop stalled for time; he knew that Germany was under no obligation to do this under the terms of the Tripartite Pact, which promised help if Japan was attacked, but not if Japan was the aggressor. Von Ribbentrop feared that the addition of another antagonist, the United States, would overwhelm the German war effort.

But Hitler thought otherwise. He was convinced that the United States would soon beat him to the punch and declare war on Germany. The U.S. Navy was already attacking German U-boats, and Hitler despised Roosevelt for his repeated verbal attacks against his Nazi ideology. He also believed that Japan was much stronger than it was, that once it had defeated the United States, it would turn and help Germany defeat Russia. So at 3:30 p.m. (Berlin time) on December 11, the German charge d'affaires in Washington handed American Secretary of State Cordell Hull a copy of the declaration of war.

That very same day, Hitler addressed the Reichstag to defend the declaration. The failure of the New Deal, argued Hitler, was the real cause of the war, as President Roosevelt, supported by plutocrats and Jews, attempted to cover up for the collapse of his economic agenda. "First he incites war, then falsifies the causes, then odiously wraps himself in a cloak of Christian hypocrisy and slowly but surely leads mankind to war," declared Hitler-and the Reichstag leaped to their feet in thunderous applause.


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General Fromm Executed

Post by CardinalBaseball » 19 Mar 2007 22:54

No one seems to have done one in a long while so I'll done to it. . .


March 19, 1945 : General Fromm executed for plot against Hitler


On this day, the commander of the German Home Army, Gen. Friedrich Fromm, is shot by a firing squad for his part in the July plot to assassinate the Fuhrer. The fact that Fromm's participation was half-hearted did not save him.
By 1945, many high-ranking German officials had made up their minds that Hitler must die. He was leading Germany in a suicidal war on two fronts, and they believed that assassination was the only way to stop him. According to the plan, coup d'etat would follow the assassination, and a new government in Berlin would save Germany from complete destruction at the hands of the Allies. All did not go according to plan, however. Col. Claus von Stauffenberg was given the task of planting a bomb during a conference that was to be held at Hitler's holiday retreat, Berchtesgaden (but was later moved to Hitler's headquarters at Rastenburg). Stauffenberg was chief of staff to Gen. Friedrich Fromm. Fromm, chief of the Home Army (composed of reservists who remained behind the front lines to preserve order at home), was inclined to the conspirators' plot, but agreed to cooperate actively in the coup only if the assassination was successful.

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On this day...

Post by Spitfire10001 » 06 Jun 2007 17:38

On this day, thousands of Allied troops landed in Normandy for D-Day

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Post by Gertjan » 26 Sep 2007 18:22

September 26, 1944

British and Polish forces crossed the Rhine river in an orderly retreat, abandoning the Oosterbeek perimeter in operation BERLIN. This was the end of the Battle of Arnhem. The northern provinces of the Netherlands would suffer a winter of cold and starvation, remembered as the hunger winter...

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Post by Benoit Douville » 01 Sep 2008 16:56

Operation Fall Weiss and the invasion of Poland on September 1st 1939, the Poles put up an amazing fight against a superior enemy.

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Post by 3mk » 01 Sep 2008 17:20

Invasion of Poland :D
That was a real good fight!
Sabaton 40-1 its deticated to Polish soldiers who fought in the defence of Poland.

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Post by Fallschirmjäger » 27 Sep 2008 11:25

If remember dates say on the Fallschirmjäger and there battles or others of interest in, i think i will post maybe,see to had been a large gap from the 2007 post.Like the thread had been forgotten about,i did not know of it realy,as so many sections here,and usualy go to certain ones mostly.

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Post by IvanSR » 29 Sep 2008 08:28

From the RAF history:

29 September 1944

3 Liberators and 2 Wellingtons on RCM sorties, 3 Lysanders on Resistance operations, 72 Halifaxes on petrol-carrying flights. 1 Lysander lost.

http://www.raf.mod.uk/bombercommand/sep44.html

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Post by IvanSR » 29 Sep 2008 08:47

1941 - Holocaust in Kiev, Ukraine: German Einsatzgruppe C starts Babi Yar massacre. According to the Einsatzgruppen Operational Situation Report No. 101, at least 33,771 Jews from Kiev and its suburbs were killed at Babi Yar on September 29 - 30, 1941.

1943 - U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower and Italian Marshal Pietro Badoglio sign an armistice aboard the Royal Navy battleship HMS Nelson off Malta.

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Post by paul120 » 17 Oct 2008 07:18

really..great information..thanks for posting it.

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Post by IvanSR » 17 Oct 2008 18:04

You are welcome, Paul. :)

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Post by IvanSR » 21 Oct 2008 19:33

21. October 1944 - the German city of Aachen is finally conquered by the American Army. It's garisson under the command of Gerhard von Wilck surrenders completely.

Let us not forget all the great men that gave their lives in this bloody battle of the first bigger city to fall into Allies' hands!

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Post by Benoit Douville » 17 Dec 2008 00:50

The Battle of the Bulge started on December 16th 1944. By 08:00 All three German Armies attacked through the Ardennes. In the northern sector Dietrich’s Sixth SS Panzer Army assaulted the Losheim Gap and the Elsenborn Ridge in an effort to break through to Liège. In the center von Manteuffel’s Fifth Panzer Army attacked towards Bastogne and St. Vith, both road junctions of great strategic importance. In the south, Brandenberger's Seventh Army pushed towards in their efforts to secure the flank from Allied attacks.

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Re: On this day.....

Post by IvanSR » 17 Dec 2008 18:10

Thanks for reminding us, Benoit. I would nearly forget this important date...

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