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Today in World War II History—July 28, 1941

German cavalry in village near Mogilev, Byelorussia, 28 July 1941. (German Federal Archive: Bild 101I-137-1032-14A)

German cavalry in village near Mogilev, Byelorussia, 28 July 1941. (German Federal Archive: Bild 101I-137-1032-14A)

75 Years Ago—July 28, 1941: Japan freezes American assets.

Soviets advance into Smolensk pocket.

Forty thousand Japanese troops land in southern French Indochina.

Today in World War II History—July 27, 1941

Peruvian naval ship in Ecuadorian waters during the conflict, July 1941 (public domain).

Peruvian naval ship in Ecuadorian waters during the conflict, July 1941 (public domain).

75 Years Ago—July 27, 1941: Peru takes Puerto Bolivar, Ecuador in first paratroop combat in western hemisphere.

Today in World War II History—July 26, 1941

Douglas MacArthur at the induction ceremony of Philippine Army Air Corps, Zablan Field, Camp Murphy, Rizal, Philippine Islands, 15 Aug 1941 (US National Archives)

Douglas MacArthur at the induction ceremony of Philippine Army Air Corps, Zablan Field, Camp Murphy, Rizal, Philippine Islands, 15 Aug 1941 (US National Archives)

75 Years Ago—July 26, 1941: In response to Japanese occupation of French Indochina, President Roosevelt requires approval of all sales to Japan (including oil; US supplies 80% of Japan’s oil) and closes Panama Canal to Japanese shipping.

US & Britain freeze Japanese assets.

Gen. Douglas MacArthur is recalled to service and placed in charge of US Army in Far East (US & Filipino troops).

CAN Scavenger Hunt Winners!

CAN Scav huntThanks to all who joined the CAN Scavenger Hunt last week!

I hope you enjoy meeting Christian Author Network members on their personal blogs. If you missed the hunt, you can still read all the fascinating author interviews, starting on the Christian Authors Network website!

Now we can announce the winner of the grand prize of 26 free books, one from each participating CAN author! Please go to the CAN website for the announcement!

I was pleased to host author Dianne Barker here on my blog. Twenty-five people entered the drawing for Dianne’s book, I Don’t Chase the Garbage Truck Down the Street in My Bathrobe Anymore! Organizing for the Maximum LifeIf you didn’t win, please visit Dianne’s website to order your own copy.

And the winner of Dianne’s book is…Susan Johnson! Susan, I’ll contact you by email.

Thanks again for making the scavenger hunt a success!

Today in World War II History—July 25, 1941

Gen. Heinz Guderian at a forward command post for one of his Panzer regiments near Kiev, Ukraine, 31 July 1941 (German Federal Archive: Bild 183-L19885)

Gen. Heinz Guderian at a forward command post for one of his Panzer regiments near Kiev, Ukraine, 31 July 1941 (German Federal Archive: Bild 183-L19885)

75 Years Ago—July 25, 1941: In Ukraine, largest tank battle of the war so far begins; Germans will prevail after 4-day battle.

Lefty Grove of Boston Red Sox earns 300th career win, which is also his last.

Today in World War II History—July 24, 1941

Japanese troops enter Saigon by bicycle, 24 July 1941. (Japanese army photo)

Japanese troops enter Saigon by bicycle, 24 July 1941. (Japanese army photo)

75 Years Ago—July 24, 1941: Nazis massacre Jewish population of Grodz, Lithuania.

Japan begins to occupy northern French Indochina, enters Hanoi and Saigon.

Today in World War II History—July 23, 1941

Maj James A. Ellison reviews first class of Tuskeegee Airmen, returning the salute of Mac Ross, one of the first graduates. A BT-13 is visible on the left. (US Air Force photo)

Maj James A. Ellison reviews first class of Tuskeegee Airmen, returning the salute of Mac Ross, one of the first graduates. A BT-13 is visible on the left. (US Air Force photo)

75 Years Ago—July 23, 1941: Germans take Brest-Litovsk, Byelorussia after month-long siege.

Vichy France allows Japan to occupy French Indochina.

Tuskegee Army Airfield officially established to train black pilots.

Movie premiere of comedy Here Comes Mr. Jordan, starring Robert Montgomery, Evelyn Keyes, and Claude Rains.

Today in World War II History—July 22, 1941

Battleship USS Texas in the Gatun Locks of Panama Canal, 21 Jun 1937 (US Naval History and Heritage Command)

Battleship USS Texas in the Gatun Locks of Panama Canal, 21 Jun 1937 (US Naval History and Heritage Command)

75 Years Ago—July 22, 1941: Vichy France requires Jews to register their businesses, excluding them from commerce.

Germans halt just south of Leningrad to rest and gain supplies; Soviets reinforce line.

Last Japanese ship departs Panama Canal.

Today in World War II History—July 21, 1941

Soviet 85 mm anti-aircraft guns at Gorky Park, Moscow, USSR, 28 Jul 1941. (Russian International News Agency)

Soviet 85 mm anti-aircraft guns at Gorky Park, Moscow, USSR, 28 Jul 1941. (Russian International News Agency)

75 Years Ago—July 21, 1941: Luftwaffe begins assault on Moscow with an air raid at night.

Nazis open Majdanek concentration camp near Lublin, Poland.

US starts national aluminum salvage drive.

Today in World War II History—July 20, 1941

Today WWII75 Years Ago—July 20, 1941: Stalin declares himself Soviet Defense Commissar.

Orthodox Patriarch of Moscow, formerly an enemy of the state, makes radio broadcast urging resistance to Nazi invasion.