80 Years Ago—Sept. 26, 1941: Gen. Charles de Gaulle, leader of the Free French, signs an alliance with the USSR. US Army establishes Military Police Corps (MPs). Movie premiere of A Yank in the RAF, starring Tyrone Power & Betty Grable.
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80 Years Ago—Sept. 25, 1941: Germans parachute into Perekop peninsula and take it, cutting off Crimea from rest of the USSR. Future president John F. Kennedy enlists in the US Navy. Movie premiere of You’ll Never Get Rich, starring Fred Astaire & Rita Hayworth.
80 Years Ago—Sept. 24, 1941: Fifteen Allied nations (including neutral US) and governments-in-exile agree to follow principles of the Atlantic Charter. Gen. Charles de Gaulle forms French National Committee in London. First German U-boats pass Gibraltar and enter the Mediterranean. In Paris, the daily tobacco ration is reduced to 4 cigarettes for men and none… Read more »
80 Years Ago—Sept. 23, 1941: Germans declare French men who help downed British airmen will be shot; women will be sent to concentration camps. Battleship USS Massachusetts is launched at Quincy, MA (currently a museum ship at Battleship Cove, Fall River, MA).
80 Years Ago—Sept. 22, 1941: King George II of Greece and the Greek government arrive in London to form a government-in-exile.
80 Years Ago—Sept. 21, 1941: At Kronstadt, Russia, Luftwaffe Ju 87 Stuka bombers heavily damage Soviet battleship Marat (sunk by Luftwaffe Sept. 23) and sink Soviet destroyer Steregushiy.
80 Years Ago—Sept. 20, 1941: Martlet fighter plane from HMS Audacity in convoy OG-74 shoots down a German Fw 200 bomber, the first kill from an escort carrier.
80 Years Ago—Sept. 19, 1941: Germans take Kiev in the Ukraine and 600,000 Soviet POWs.
80 Years Ago—Sept. 18, 1941: USSR conscripts all men ages 16-50. In Prague, Gen. Alois Eliáš, prime minister of Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, who is working with the resistance, poisons three collaborationist journalists; one dies. Off Tripoli, British submarine Upholder sinks Italian transports Oceania and Neptunia (384/6000 Italian troops killed).
80 Years Ago—Sept. 17, 1941: US begins escorting British convoys from Newfoundland to Iceland, violating neutrality: TU 4.1.1 of five destroyers begins escorting Convoy HX-150. Germany begins general deportation of German Jews. At a conference in Copenhagen, German physicist Werner Heisenberg informs Danish physicist Niels Bohr that Germany is working on atomic weapons. During exercises… Read more »