• 15 September 1940 - Luftwaffe bombs Bristol Aeroplane Company
    1940 - PM Winston Churchill visits 11 Fighter Group
    1940 - Tide turns in Battle of Britain in WW II, RAF beats Luftwaffe
    1941 - Nazis kill 800 Jewish women at Shkudvil Lithuania
    1942 - US aircraft carrier Wasp torpedoed at Guadalcanal
    1943 - Benito Mussolini forms a rival fascist government in Italy
    1943 - Concentration Camp Vaivara in Estonia opens
    1943 - Concentration Camp Kauwen in Lithuania opens
    1944 - British bombers hit Tirpitz with Tallboy bombs
    1944 - Russian troops free Sofia Bulgaria

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    1944-The Battle of Morotai, part of the Pacific War, began on 15 September 1944, and continued until the end of the war in August 1945. The fighting started when United States and Australian forces landed on the southwest corner of Morotai, a small island in the Netherlands East Indies (NEI), which the Allies needed as a base to support the liberation of the Philippines later that year. The invading forces greatly outnumbered the island's Japanese defenders and secured their objectives in two weeks. Japanese reinforcements landed on the island between September and November, but lacked the supplies needed to effectively attack the Allied defensive perimeter. Intermittent fighting continued until the end of the war, with the Japanese troops suffering heavy loss of life from disease and starvation.Morotai's development into an Allied base began shortly after the landing, and two major airfields were ready for use in October. These and other base facilities played an important role in the liberation of the Philippines during 1944 and 1945. Torpedo boats and aircraft based at Morotai also harassed Japanese positions in the NEI. The island's base facilities were further expanded in 1945 to support the Australian-led Borneo Campaign, and Morotai remained an important logistical hub and command center until the Dutch reestablished their colonial rule in the NEI.
    1944 - US 1st Infantry division pushes through to Westwall
    1944 - US 28th Infantry division occupies Hill 555 at Roscheid
    Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston ChurchillSoldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill 1944 - US troops lands on Palau & Morotai

    16 September 1940 - Dutch SS forms
    1940 - Luftwaffe attacks center of London
    1941 - German armour troops surround Kiev Ukraine
    1941 - Hitler orders for every dead German 100 Yugoslavians to be killed

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    1941 - Jews of Vilna Poland confined to Ghetto
    1943 - Soviet army under general Vatutin reconquer Romny

    17 September 1939 - German U-29 sinks British aircraft carrier Courageous
    1939 - Russia invades Eastern Poland, takes 217,000 Poles prisoner
    1940 - Nazis deprive Jews of possessions
    1941 - A decree of the Soviet State Committee of Defense, restoring Vsevobuch in the face of the Great Patriotic War, is issued
    1943 - Load of "ammunition in transit" explodes at Norfolk Naval Air Station
    1943 - The Russian city of Bryansk is liberated from Nazis.
    1944 - Dutch begin railroad strike against German occupiers

    18 September 1939 - William Joyce's first Nazi propaganda broadcast.
    1940 - 19 German aircraft shot down above England
    1940 - Italian troops conquer Sidi Barrani
    1944 - British submarine Tradewind torpedoes Junyo Maru: 5,600 killed
    1944 - Eindhoven free (Lightly Day)
    1944 - US 266th division occupiers Brest



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  • 12 September 1942 – RMS Laconia, carrying civilians, Allied soldiers and Italian POWs is torpedoed off the coast of West Africa and sinks with a heavy loss of life.

    1942 – First day of the Battle of Edson's Ridge during the Guadalcanal Campaign. U.S. Marines protecting Henderson Field on Guadalcanal are attacked by Imperial Japanese Army forces.


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    1943 – Benito Mussolini, dictator of Italy, is rescued from house arrest on the Gran Sasso in Abruzzi, by German commando forces led by Otto Skorzeny.

    1944 – The liberation of Serbia from Nazi Germany continues. Bajina Bašta in western Serbia is among those liberated cities. Near Trier, American troops enter Germany for the first time.

    13 September 1942 – Second day of the Battle of Edson's Ridge in the Guadalcanal Campaign. U.S. Marines successfully defeated attacks by the Imperial Japanese Army with heavy losses for the Japanese forces.

    1943 – The Municipal Theatre of Corfu is destroyed during an aerial bombardment by Luftwaffe.

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    1948 – Deputy Primer Minister of India Vallabhbhai Patel ordered the Army to move into the Hyderabad to integrate it with Indian Union.

    1948 – Margaret Chase Smith is elected senator, and becomes the first woman to serve in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the United States Senate.

    14 September 1939 –The Estonian military boards the Polish submarine ORP Orzeł in Tallinn, sparking a diplomatic incident that the Soviet Union will later use to justify the annexation of Estonia.

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    1940 – Ip massacre: The Hungarian Army, supported by local Hungarians, kill 158 Romanian civilians in Ip, Sălaj, a village in Northern Transylvania, as part of attempts to ethnic cleansing.

    1944 – Maastricht becomes the first Dutch city to be liberated by allied forces.


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  • 11 September 1939 – Canada declares war on Germany, the country's first independent declaration of war

    1940 – George Stibitz performs the first remote operation of a computer.

    1941 – Ground is broken for the construction of The Pentagon.

    1941 – Charles Lindbergh's Des Moines Speech accusing the British, Jews and the Roosevelt administration of pressing for war with Germany.


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    1943 –German troops occupy Corsica and Kosovo-Metohija.

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    1943 – Start of the liquidation of the Ghettos in Minsk and Lida by the Nazis.

    1944 – The first Allied troops of the U.S. Army cross the western border of Germany.

    1944 – RAF bombing raid on Darmstadt and the following firestorm kill 11,500.

    1945 – Australian 9th Division forces liberate the Japanese-run Batu Lintang camp, a POW and civilian internment camp on the island of Borneo.


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  • 10 September 1921 – Birth of John W. Morris, American general


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    1939 – The submarine HMS Oxley is mistakenly sunk by the submarine HMS Triton near Norway and becomes the Royal Navy's first loss.

    1939 – Death of Wilhelm Fritz von Roettig, German general

    1939 – Canada declares war on Nazi Germany, joining the Allies – France, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia.

    1942 – The British Army carries out an amphibious landing on Madagascar to re-launch Allied offensive operations in the Madagascar Campaign.

    1943 – German forces begin their occupation of Rome.

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  • 9 September 1939 – The Battle of Hel begins, the longest-defended pocket of Polish Army resistance during the German invasion of Poland.


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    1939 – Burmese national hero U Ottama dies in prison after a hunger strike to protest Britain's colonial government.

    1940 – George Stibitz pioneers the first remote operation of a computer.

    1940 – Treznea massacre: The Hungarian Army, supported by local Hungarians kill 93 Romanian civilians in Treznea, a village in Northern Transylvania, as part of attempts to ethnic cleansing.


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    1942 – A Japanese floatplane drops incendiary bombs on Oregon.

    1943 – The Allies land at Salerno and Taranto, Italy.

    1944 – The Fatherland Front takes power in Bulgaria through a military coup in the capital and armed rebellion in the country. A new pro-Soviet government is established.

    1945 – Second Sino-Japanese War: The Empire of Japan formally surrenders to China.



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