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ElCrazyMexDeuce #721 Posted 02 September 2015 - 05:11 AM

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September 2

September 2, 1939: Failure of a last-minute effort by Mussolini to find a peaceful solution of the German-Polish conflict. German troops capture the Jablunka pass in the Tatra mountains. Fighting continued for the strategic island of Westerplatte at the mouth of the Vistula River. A massive attack was launched by 60 Stuka divebombers of the II and III Stukageschwader Immelmann directed at crushing the island garrison. The air assault was not directly followed up by a German attack from the ground, and the Poles were able to reorganize their defense.

September 2, 1944: The remnants of German forces surrounded in the Kishinev pocket surrender to the Red Army. Finland breaks off diplomatic relations with Germany and demands the withdrawal of all German forces on Finnish soil.

1944   Troops of the U.S. First Army enter Belgium.
1945   Japan signs the document of surrender aboard the USS Missouri, ending World War II


ElCrazyMexDeuce #722 Posted 04 September 2015 - 12:41 AM

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September 3

September 3, 1939: THE OFFICAL BEGINNING OF WWII: After the expiration of their ultimatum at 11:00am CET which called for the withdrawal of all German forces from Poland, Britain and France declare war on Germany. The Kriegsmarine begins its campaign against British merchant shipping with 17 U-boats.

September 3, 1940: Hitler sets the date of the start of Operation Sea Lion, the German invasion of England, for September 21.

September 3, 1942: Continuing round-the-clock air attacks by Luftflotte 4 (von Richthofen) against Stalingrad. Units of 6.Armee (von Paulus) penetrate the inner city after having joined up with forward elements of 4.Panzer-Armee (Hoth) advancing from the south.

September 3, 1943: The new Italian government under Marshal Badoglio signs a ceasefire with the Allies. Troops of the British 8th Army cross the Strait of Messina and land on the Italian mainland without encountering any opposition.

September 3, 1944: Field Marshall von Rundstedt assumes command of the German armies in the West. US forces advancing from the south capture Lyon. British troops occupy Brussels.

1939   After Germany ignores Great Britain’s ultimatum to stop the invasion of Poland, Great Britain declares war on Germany, marking the beginning of World War II in Europe.
1939   The British passenger ship Athenia is sunk by a German submarine in the Atlantic, with 30 Americans among those killed. American Secretary of State Cordell Hull warns Americans to avoid travel to Europe unless absolutely necessary.
1943   British troops invade Italy, landing at Calabria.
1944   The U.S. Seventh Army captures Lyons, France.
1945   General Tomoyuki Yamashita, the Japanese commander of the Philippines, surrenders to Lieutenant General Jonathan Wainwright at Baguio.


ElCrazyMexDeuce #723 Posted 04 September 2015 - 04:05 AM

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September 4

September 4, 1939: German 3.Armee (von Kuechler) and 4.Armee (von Kluge) join in the Corridor and reestablish the land connection between East Prussia and the Reich that was severed in 1919 as a result of the Versailles Treaty.

September 4, 1941: The US destroyer Greer is attacked by a German U-boat while tracking and harrassing it.

September 4, 1944: The Finnish Army ceases hostilities against the Soviet Union. British forces occupy Antwerp.

1942   Soviet planes bomb Budapest in the war’s first air raid on the Hungarian capital.
1943   Allied troops capture Lae-Salamaua, in New Guinea.
1944   British troops liberate Antwerp, Belgium.
1945   The American flag is raised on Wake Island after surrender ceremonies there.


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September 5

September 5, 1939: Under the relentless pressure by the Wehrmacht, the Polish Army withdraws behind the Vistula. First British air raids on German soil against Wilhelmshaven and Cuxhaven, with negligible results (10 Wellingtons shot down by German fighters). The United States declares its neutrality in this war.

September 5, 1940: An irate Hitler orders a new offensive by the Luftwaffe against Britain with no regard for the civilian population, with London as the primary target, after the RAF for the first time makes several night raids on Berlin, causing many civilian casualties.

September 5, 1944: Failure of a German-Hungarian counterattack in the area of Klausenburg in Rumania. The Soviet Union declares war on Bulgaria and invades the country.

1944   Germany launches its first V-2 missile at Paris, France


ElCrazyMexDeuce #725 Posted 06 September 2015 - 03:52 AM

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September 6

September 6, 1939: German troops advancing in Poland occupy the formerly German industrial area of Upper Silesia. In the West, French forces begin a limited offensive toward Saarbruecken. South Africa declares war on Germany.

September 6, 1940: King Carol of Rumania cedes the throne to his son, Michael, and appoints Marshal Antonescu head of state.

September 6, 1942: 4.Gebirgsdivision of 17.Armee (Ruoff) captures the Black Sea port of Novorossisk. Heavy house-to-house fighting continues in the center of Stalingrad.

September 6, 1943: The Red Army succeeds in separating Heeresgruppe Mitte (von Kluge) from Heeresgruppe Sued (von Manstein).

September 6, 1944: Soviet troops occupy Turnu-Severin on the Danube in Rumania and advance to the Yugoslav border. In Belgium, Ghent and Liege fall to British and American forces.

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The Soviet Union accuses Italy of torpedoing two Russian ships in the Mediterranean.

1941

 

Germany announces that all Jews living in the country will have to begin wearing a Star of David.

1943

 

The United States asks the Chinese Nationals to join with the Communists to present a common front to the Japanese.

 



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September 7

September 7, 1939: Mobile spearheads of the Heer reach the Narev river. Cracow surrenders, while 10.Armee (von Reichenau) advances closer to Warsaw.

September 7, 1940: The Luftwaffe begins the Blitz by launching a series of heavy night raids against the London docks, causing widespread fires and destruction.

September 7, 1941: The offensive by 20.Gebirgsarmee (Dietl) in northern Finland to capture the vital Lend-Lease port of Murmansk comes to a halt. Mobile units of 6.Armee (von Paulus) achieve a breakthrough at Konotop in the Ukraine.

September 7, 1943: 17. Armee begins the evacuation of the Kuban bridgehead across the Strait of Kerch to the Crimea.

September 7, 1944: Rumania, now allied with the Soviet Union, declares war on Hungary whose forces are still fighting on the German side.

1940   Germany’s blitz against London begins during the Battle of Britain.
1942   The Red Army pushes back the German line northwest of Stalingrad.


ElCrazyMexDeuce #727 Posted 08 September 2015 - 04:42 AM

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September 8

September 8, 1939: Polish defenders of the Westerplatte at Danzig surrender after a week of continuous bombardment. The Polish government leaves Warsaw for Lublin, while its forces encircled at Radom face a hopeless situation.

September 8, 1941: Leningrad is now completely surrounded after German troops close the land bridge at Schluesselburg.

September 8, 1943: German reserves are rushed to Italy in the wake of the ceasefire between the Badoglio government and the Allies.

September 8, 1944: The first supersonic V-2 rockets are launched against London and other cities from mobile bases in Holland. Bulgaria declares war on Germany.

1944   Germany’s V-2 offensive against England begins.


ElCrazyMexDeuce #728 Posted 08 September 2015 - 05:07 AM

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My God how time flies,

One year ago as of September 3rd 2015, Drivable Beast created this thread. Although it went off track for a bit, we were able to salvage it. And as I started it with posting dates three days ahead (Sept 6 instead of Sept 3). I will end posting with this posting….5 days after the anniversary date. Let that be a lesson to you ladies and gentlemen, don’t post and drink…its bad…real bad…lol….

I would like to thank Drivable Beast for starting this thread and reminding me just how much I really enjoyed military history. Even though it didn’t quite go in the direction desired, I truly enjoyed reading the additional historical postings from those of you who continued reading contributed.  This year went fast and I had fun posting onto this thread. But as they say, all things come to an end and with this posting, I will stop posting historical tidbits since I have come full circle from the original “today in military history” posting (plus 5 days..lol).

 

Thanks to you all…it was fun!!



Legendary2K2005 #729 Posted 12 September 2015 - 09:46 PM

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This thread shall be remembered long after the forums have shut down and closed, great work ElCrazyMexDeuce!

 

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GLA Odin #730 Posted 13 September 2015 - 12:38 AM

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I'm off by a few days but on the 10th of September Canada declared war on Germany.

 

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Today was the first use of tanks in combat, 99yrs ago.


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15th September

15th September 1940- During the Battle of Britain, the Luftwaffe launches it largest and most concentrated raid against London. Large dogfights ensue, often involving up to 100 aircraft. The fighting was so intense some pilots we flying four sorties a day. The day was to become recognised as Battle of Britain Day and is commemorated every year.

 


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