On this day during WW2

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  1. spidge


    On this day:May 31st

    1944 Allied breakthrough in Italy

    1942 Luftwaffe bombs Canterbury

    1941 41 U boats sink this month (325,000 ton)

    1941 British troops vacate Crete

    1941 German occupiers forbid Jews access to beach and swimming pools

    1940 Gen-major Bernard Montgomery leaves Dunkirk

    1940 Prime Minister Winston Churchill flies to Paris
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  2. Herroberst

    Herroberst Senior Member

    Hey, What a great replacement for Today in Twisted History, which may pay the bills but scores high on the lame list.
  3. spidge


    Hey, What a great replacement for Today in Twisted History, which may pay the bills but scores high on the lame list.

    :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused:
  4. spidge


    June 1,

    1944 Gen Montgomery/Patton/Bradley/Dempsey/Crerar meet in Portsmouth

    1944 Nazi occupiers make it punishable to give aid to allied pilots

    1943 Germany shoots down a civilian flight from Lisbon to London, all die

    1941 British troops occupy Bagdad, Iraq

    1941 Germany bans all Catholic publications

    1941 Germany occupies Crete

    1940 Coffee and tea rationed in Holland

    1940 General Bernard Montgomery returns to London

    1940 Nazi occupiers kick Jews out of Dutch air guard

    1939 British sub "Thetis" sinks in Liverpool Bay with all 99 aboard

    A sad story in this link although war had not been declared.


    1939 Retired German General Gerd von Runstedt returns to service
  5. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

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  7. Hawkeye90

    Hawkeye90 Senior Member

    June 1st, 1941 The last British troops are evacuated from the island of Crete which is now completely in German hands.
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  9. spidge


    June 6th

    1944 D-Day: 150,000 Allied Expeditionary Force lands in Normandy, France
    1944 Baseball cancels all games honoring D-Day invasion
    1944 Nazi troops executed 96 prisoners by firing squad? Normandy massacres? 7th & 8th June? Anybody confirm the above as separate?
    1944 Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. receives congressional medal of honor
    1944 U-955, U-970, U-629, U-373 sink in Gulf of Biskaje
    1942 1st nylon parachute jump, Hartford Ct-Adeline Gray
    1942 Japanese forces retreat, ending Battle of Midway
    1942 Japanese troop land on Kiska, Aleutians
    1941 1st Navy vessel constructed as mine layer "Terror" launched

    Normandy Massacres.

    A sensation was caused in Allied Headquarters when reports came through that a considerable number of Canadian soldiers were shot after being taken prisoner by the 12th. SS Panzer Division ‘Hitler Jugend’. On the morning of June 8, thirty seven Canadians were taken prisoner by the 2nd Battalion of the 26th Panzer Grenadier Regiment. The prisoners were marched across country to the H/Q of the 2nd Battalion. In the village of Le Mesnil-Patty they were then ordered to sit down in a field with their wounded in the center. In a short while a half track arrived with eight or nine SS soldiers brandishing their machine pistols. Advancing in line towards the prisoners they opened fire killing thirty five men. Two of the Canadians ran for their lives and escaped the slaughter but were rounded up by a different German unit to spend the rest of the war in a POW camp. First to make contact with the Canadians was a combat group led by Obersturmbannfuhrer Karl-Heinz Milius and supported by the Prinz Battalion. Near the villages of Authie and Buron, a number of Canadians of the North Nova Scotia Highlanders, were taken prisoner. Numbering around forty, they were individually killed on the march back to the rear. Eight were ordered to remove their helmets and then shot with automatic rifles. Their bodies were dragged out on to the road and left to be run over by trucks and tanks. French civilians pulled the bodies back on to the pavement but were ordered to stop and to drag the bodies back onto the road again.
    On the 7th and 8th of June, in the grounds of the Abbaye Ardenne, the headquarters of SS Brigadefuhrer Kurt Meyer’s 25th Panzer Grenadiers, twenty of the Canadians were shot. After being taken prisoner they were locked up in a stable and being called out by name they emerged from the doorway only to be shot in the back of the head. During the afternoon of June 8, twenty six Canadians were shot at the Chateau d’Audrie after being taken prisoner by a Reconnaissance Battalion of the SS Hitler Jugend. Other units of the German forces in France called the Hitler Jugend Division the ‘Murder Division’. After the war, investigations established that separate atrocities were committed in 31 different incidents involving 134 Canadians, 3 British and 1 American. Brought to trial before a Canadian military court at Aurich in Germany on December 28, 1945, Kurt Meyer was sentenced to death but later reprieved and spent six years in a Canadian jail at New Brunswick before being transferred to the prison at Werl in Germany where he was released on parole on September 7, 1954. He died of a heart attack on December 23, 1961, at age 51.
  10. spidge


    June 7th

    1944 British 50th division occupies Bayeux

    1944 Claus von Stauffenberg meets Hitler

    1942 Battle of Midway ends: Adm Nimitz wins 1st WW II naval defeat of Japan

    1942 German Armies march into Sebastopol

    1942 Japanese troops lands on Attu, Aleutian Islands

    1940 British/French troops evacuate Narvik

    1939 1st king and queen of England to visit U.S., George VI and Elizabeth
  11. spidge


    June 14th:

    1944 1st B-29 raid against mainland Japan
    1944 General Charles de Gaulle lands at Courselles, France
    1942 1st bazooka rocket gun produced Bridgeport, Connecticut
    1942 Anne Frank begins her diary
    1942 French government of Reynaud resigns
    1941 Ground broken for Boeing Plant II (ex-AFLC Plant 13) Wichita, Kansas
    1941 Estonia loses 11,000 inhabitants as a consequence of mass deportations into Siberia
    1940 Auschwitz concentration camp opens, 3 million killed there.
    1940 German U-47 sinks airship Balmoral
    1940 German forces occupied Paris during WW II
    1938 Bradman scores 144* in 1st Test Match at Trent Bridge
  12. Owen

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  13. spidge


    That was an error......truly:sign_oops: :sign_oops:
  14. sapper

    sapper WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    I remember the slaughter of the Canadians by the 12th SS well.But it was also British prisoners they murdered as well.
    As far as the Canadians were concerned, the SS paid a terrible price afterwards for those murders....... Beleive me!
  15. lancesergeant

    lancesergeant Senior Member

    German U-47 sinks airship! - run that one by me. I'm missing something here.
  16. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    German U-47 sinks airship! - run that one by me. I'm missing something here.
    Dodgey info.
    Better info herehttp://www.u47.org/english/u47_pat.asp?page=6

    Ships attacked by U-47
    Balmoral Wood

    Nationality: [​IMG]
    Tonnage: 5834
    Type: Steam Freighter
    Built: 1937
    Company: Constantine Steamship Line Ltd.
    Route: Sorel to Falmouth
    Cargo: 8730 tons of wheat, 4 aircraft
    Lost/Missing: -
    Attacked: 14.06.1940, 1944
    Fate: Sunk by torpedo
    Square Reported: BF1158
    Position lost: 50°19N/10°28W
  17. spidge


    German U-47 sinks airship! - run that one by me. I'm missing something here.

    Good pick-up Lance Sergeant.

    I usually check each one and alter them as there is a language difficulty in the site.

    In general, some of these sites can differ by day but not by craft:(
  18. spidge


    June 15, 1945 Dutch political party ANJV forms in Concert building in Amsterdam

    June 15, 1944 U.S. forces begin invasion of Saipan in Pacific

    The struggle for Saipan cost the Army 3,674 killed, wounded, and missing, while Marine casualties totaled 10,437. When Admiral Turner declared the island secure on 9 July, they had learned how to overcome some of the toughest Japanese defenses in the Pacific.

    June 15, 1943 Congress of racial Equality (CORE) forms in Chicago.

    June 15, 1940 38 Italian Fiat bombers bomb Luc-and-Province

    June 15, 1940 Bread and flour rationed in Holland

    June 15, 1940 France surrenders to Hitler, German troops occupy Paris

    June 15, 1940 Soviet Army occupies Lithuania
  19. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    15 June 1942

    On Monday 15 June 1942 the wind was north north west, force 3. The sky was covered with cloud with a base of 3,000ft. Visibility was moderate at 9 miles. the temperuture was 58 F.

    At 15.04hrs an aircraft of No.120 squadron RAF Coastal Command became airborne, its duty was to give escort to convoy HG.84 (Gib to UK).

    The convoy was met, and at 17.24hrs the dark grey streak and swirl of a diving U-boat was sighted on a course of 300 degs. The aircraft investigated but it was decided that it was to late to attack.

    Later the aircraft sighted a U-boat 20 miles to the north west of the convoy, it had sighted the submarine at a range of two miles, the U-boat which was steering 080 degs at 12 to 15 knots was apparently trimmed down since only her conning-tower was awash. The aircraft turned to attack, at which point the U-boat was seen to dive at high speed and appeared to be fully submerged 10 to 15 seconds before the aircraft dropped a stick of six depth-charges spaced 50ft apart and set to explode at alternate depths of 25ft and 50ft. The stick straddled the submarines track 50 to 60 yards ahead of the apex of the swirl, and the sixth exploded 5 to 10 seconds to late. After the attack a large patch of oily scum was visible, but although the aircraft remained in the vicinity for 20 minutes, darkness prevented any other results being observed.

    The aircraft, a Liberator MkII, descending out of cloud during twilight, was not seen by the U-boats lookouts until almost over the boat, which immediately crash-dived. After submerging the U-boats crew heard the explosion of the five depth-charges, which, however, went off beyond their effective range and the submarine was unscathed.

    The U-boat attacked by Liberator AL524 T/120 (F/O. Secord and crew) on this day was the U 134, a type VII.C boat commanded by Kapitanleutnant Rudolf Schendel.

    U 134 was sunk by an aircraft of No.179 Squadron on 24 August 1943 there were no survivors.

    U 134 did not have a very successful career, having accounted for only two Allied vessels of a total of 9,962 tons and one of her own ships of 2,185 tons sunk in error.

    Just a small action out in the Atlantic which took place 64 years ago today.
  20. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    17 June 1940.

    In the evacuation of troops from St. Nazaire, the passenger ship Lancastria, 16,243 tons (Cunard-White Star) and the passenger-cargo ship Teiresias, 7,404 tons (A. Holt & Co) were lost in air attacks. The Lancastria had over 9,000 troops on board and over 5,000 are reported to have died.

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