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Post by Max Williams » 18 Jun 2006 14:11

18 June 1942.

Czech parachutists are betrayed by one of their own numbers, Karel Curda, and the Germans discover them hidden in a church in Resslova, Prague. They include the assassins of Reinhard Heydrich. A fierce gun battle ensues and the parachutists, heavily outnumbered by the superior German forces, bravely fight to the death. All parachutists are killed.

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Post by IvanSR » 18 Jun 2006 22:07

June 18

1942 The U.S. Navy commissions its first black officer, Harvard University medical student Bernard Whitfield Robinson.

1944 The U.S. First Army breaks through the German lines on the Cotentin Peninsula and cuts off the German-held port of Cherbourg.

1945 Organized Japanese resistance ends on the island of Mindanao.

http://www.historynet.com/tih/tih0618

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Post by Benoit Douville » 19 Jun 2006 02:23

-June 18th 1942: In the East, infantry units of 11. Armee (von Manstein) break into the outer defenses of the fortress of Sevastopol in the Crimea. In Libya, the British Eighth Army evacuates Sidi Rezegh and El Adem.

-June 18th 1944: In Normandy, the US First Army (Bradley) cuts off and isolates the German forces defending Cherbourg. In Italy, the US Fifth Army (Clark) captures Prugia.

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Post by Jon G. » 19 Jun 2006 18:30

June 19th 1945

In San Francisco, it is decided that nations which have sided with the Axis during WW2 cannot be admitted to the United Nations unless invited first. This precludes Spain from joining the UN.

Commonwealth forces invade Thailand from Burma.

US forces capture Ilagan in the Cagayan Valley on Luzon.

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This Day in History (Tuesday, U.S. Time)

Post by Globalization41 » 21 Jun 2006 02:58

[url=http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?p=410673//url#410673]Finland Orders General Mobilization;
Anitaircraft Guns Suddenly Appear on
Tops of High Buildings
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Thursday will be the anniversary of Hitler's
invasion of Russia. It's virtually ignored in
America, but I know you guys realize its
significance.

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Post by Benoit Douville » 22 Jun 2006 00:12

-June 21st 1941: General Auchinleck replaces General Wavell as C-in-C of the British Eighth Army in Libya.

-June 21st 1942: The Afrikakorps captures Tobruk, taking 33,000 British prisoners. In the East, German infantry and combat engineers of 11. Armee (von Manstein) are gaining ground in their assault on Sevastopol. The Luftwaffe carries out a night raid on Southampton.

-June 21st 1943: The RAF launches a heavy raid on Krefeld in the Ruhr (44 aircraft lost).

-June 21st 1944: In the East, the Red Army begins an offensive between lakes Ladoga and Onega on the northern front. The US 8th Air Force carries out raids on Berlin and the synthetic fuel plants at Leuna-Merseburg.

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June 22, 1941

Post by Globalization41 » 22 Jun 2006 02:45

[url=http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?p=477227//url#477227]Nazi Germany Begins Long-
Rumored Invasion of Soviet Russia
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[url=http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?p=128499//url#128499]Molotoff Predicts USSR Will Crush
Nazi Invaders
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[url=http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?p=414072//url#414072]Italy Declares War on Soviet Union;
Japan Sees European War Developing
into World War
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[url=http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?p=474887//url#474887]Rumania Declares Holy War
Against Yoke of Bolshevism
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[url=http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?p=421214//url#421214]Beirut Bombed by British Planes;
French Evacuate Damascus, Suffer
Heavy Losses
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[url=http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?p=479336//url#479336]U.S. Isolationists, Interventionists
Debate Outbreak of Nazi-Soviet War;
Italians Retreating in Western Ethiopia;
All Quite on Libyan Front
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Post by Jon G. » 22 Jun 2006 03:17

June 22nd 1945

The Okinawa campaign ends. US losses amount to approx. 12,500 dead and 35,000 wounded. Japanese losses are estimated at 120,000 military dead and 42,000 civilian dead. For the first time in this war a large number of Japanese are taken prisoner: 10,755.

B-29 Superfortresses bomb Osaka, Nagoya, Kobe and Okayama.

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Post by wright61 » 22 Jun 2006 08:32

22nd June 1940

France signs armistice with Germany at Rethondes.

22nd June 1944

In Burma the siege of Imphal ends after the 2nd and 5th Indian divisions link up on the Imphal- Kohima road

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Post by wright61 » 22 Jun 2006 08:51

night of 21/22 June

Bomber Command raid the town of Krefeld in the Ruhr. The town has a population of 170000 and is the home of the Deutsche Edelstahlwerke which turns out nearly 200,000 tons of high grade steel annually.
705 aircraft were dispatched, of which 561 attacked the target area. The marking was done by nine Mosquitos using red TIs.
2000 tons of HE and incendiaries were released over the target.
6200 homes and 23 factories were destroyed and 14000 damaged. 1036 people were killed and 4500 injured.
Bomber Command lost 42 aircraft and 221 aircrew KIA also 41 became POWs amd3 evaded capture

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Post by Benoit Douville » 23 Jun 2006 02:27

June 22nd is a really important date:

-June 22nd 1940: An armistice between France and Germany is signed at Compiegne. Its terms, read out loud to the French delegation by Generaloberst Keitel, provide for the occupation of the entire Channel and Atlantic coastlines, all major industrial areas, Alsace-Lorraine (to be returned to Germany). Most of southern France will remain unoccupied, with a French administrative center at Vichy; the French Army and Navy is to be demobilized and disarmed; France is to bear the cost of the German occupation, and all French prisoners of war are to remain in Germany until a peace treaty is signed.

June 22nd 1941: Beginning of OPERATION BARBAROSSA, the German invasion of the Soviet Union. At 3:15 a.m. CET, German, Rumanian and Finnish forces comprising 183 divisions (3,500,000 men), 3,350 tanks, 7,184 guns and 1,945 aircraft launch the biggest military operation in history on an 1,800-mile front from 'Finland to the Black Sea' (title of the German Army campaign song). Three army groups supported by powerful Panzer armies and Luftwaffe bomber fleets, Heeresgruppe Süd (von Rundstedt) with Panzergruppe 1 (von Kleist), Heeresgruppe Mitte (von Bock) with Panzergruppen 2 (Guderian) and 3 (Hoth), and Heeresgruppe Nord (von Leeb) with Panzergruppe 4 (Hoepner) go into action against 132 Soviet divisions (2,500,000 men), 20,000 tanks and 7,700 aircraft. The overall objective of the campaign is to destroy the Soviet forces in western Russia by fall and to occupy the European part of the Soviet Union up to the line Archangelsk - Urals - Volga - Astrachan. In the first few hours of the attack, the Luftwaffe destroys 1,500 Soviet aircraft on the ground at 60 airfields and 300 in the air. The Red Army forces along the border seem unprepared for the assault and offer only limited resistance. At London, Winston Churchill announces Britain's support for the Soviet Union, thus making the Bolshevik state her much-needed ally.

June 22nd 1944: On the central front in the East, the Soviet 1st Baltic and 3rd Belorussian Fronts (Vassilevsky) and the 1st and 2nd Belorussian Fronts (Zhukov) begin Operation Bagraton, a massive offensive against Heeresgruppe Mitte (Busch) on a 300-mile front between Polotsk and Bobruysk. The German forces of 63 divisions, 900 tanks and 10,000 guns are facing vastly superior Soviet forces of 124 divisions, 5,200 tanks, 30.000 guns and 6,000 aircraft. The Luftwaffe launches a surprise night raid (60 aircraft) on the US 8th Air Force's shuttle base at Poltava in the Ukraine, destroying 44 B-17s and 500,000 gals. of fuel. In the West, US bombers carry out a saturation on besieged Cherbourg. President Roosevelt signs the GI Bill of Rights which promises generous benefits for returning US servicemen.

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Post by Benoit Douville » 25 Jun 2006 02:58

-June 24th 1941: In the East, German troops of Heeresgruppe Nord capture Kaunas and Vilna in Lithuania.

-June 24th 1942: First of a series of Luftwaffe night raids on Birmingham. In Yugoslavia, beginning of an offensive by Germanand Croatian forces against Tito partisan army.

-June 24th 1943: The RAF launches a heavy raid on Elberfeld in the Ruhr.

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Post by ed_omalley » 04 Jul 2006 22:17

July 4, 1942 - The Battle of Sevastopol ended with the German 11th Army securing control of the city after an 8+ months battle with the Russians, specifically the Black Sea Fleet who tried in vain to defend the city.

Related link: viewtopic.php?t=99338&highlight=sevastopol

My sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Sevastopol
http://www.onwar.com/articles/9906.htm

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Post by Michael Emrys » 05 Jul 2006 02:48

4 July 1942

British sailors in the convoy PQ17 then under attack are dismayed and incensed when they noticed the American ships striking their colors. But that mood quickly passed when they noticed the ships then run up much larger flags in defiant celebration of Independence Day.

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Post by Benoit Douville » 18 Jul 2006 02:26

-July 17th 1941: In the East, units of Heeresgruppe Mitte (von Bock) cross the Dnepr river near Mogilev, while in the South the Rumanian 4.Armee (Dumitrescu) captures Kishinev on the lower Dnestr. Axis bombers carrry out raids on port facilities on Malta.

-July 17th 1942: In the East, units of Heeresgruppe A (List) capture Voroshilovgrad in the Donets industrial region. The German 6.Armee (Paulus) and 4.Panzerarmee (Hoth) continue their advance toward Kalach on the Don.

-July 17th 1943: In Sicily, units of the US Seventh Army capture Agrigento on the road to Palermo.

-July 17th 1944: Returning by car to his HQ at La Roche-Guyon from a tour of inspection to I.SS-Panzerkorps S of Caen, Field Marshal Rommel, C-in-C of Heeresgruppe B, is severely wounded in a low-level attack by an RAF fighter bomber. In Italy, the British Eighth Army advances toward Ancona and Florence. In the East, the Soviet First Guards Tank Army reaches the River Bug, the old border between Poland and the USSR. At Moscow, 57,000 German prisoners of war captured in Belorussia, including several generals, are paraded through the center of the city. In Norway, the British Navy launches an abortive carrier raid on the German battleship Tirpitz in Kaa Fjord.

July 17 1944: The Lvov-Sandomierz Operation, it quickly routed the German forces in the Ukraine

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