• 08 September 1939- Polish troops on the Westerplatte are forced, due to lack of food and ammunition, to surrender. The garrison of about two hundred had held out against thousands of German forces (many of them Naval officer cadets from the Schleswig-Holstein,) for seven days.

    Adolf Hitler ordered Erich Raeder to hold back German Navy from attacking British and French vessels.

    1941 –  Siege of Leningrad begins. German forces begin a siege against the Soviet Union's second-largest city, Leningrad.

    The Siege of Leningrad, also known as the Leningrad Blockade (Russian: блокада Ленинграда, transliteration: blokada Leningrada) was a prolonged military operation undertaken by the German Army Group North against Leningrad—historically and currently known as Saint Petersburg—in the Eastern Front theatre of World War II. The siege started on 8 September 1941, when the last road to the city was severed. Although the Soviets managed to open a narrow land corridor to the city on 18 January 1943, the siege was finally lifted on 27 January 1944, 872 days after it began. It was one of the longest and most destructive sieges in history and overwhelmingly the most costly in terms of casualties


    1943 – The O.B.S. (German General Headquarters for the Mediterranean zone) in Frascati is bombed by USAAF.

    1943 – United States General Dwight D. Eisenhower publicly announces the Allied armistice with Italy.

    1944 –  London is hit by a V-2  (German: Vergeltungswaffe 2, "Vengeance Weapon 2") rocket for the first time.

    1944 – Menton is liberated from Germany.

    1945 – Cold War: United States troops arrive to partition the southern part of Korea in response to Soviet troops occupying the northern part of the peninsula a month earlier.



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