75 Years Ago—March 29, 1945: In Germany, US Third Army takes Frankfurt and US Seventh Army takes Mannheim and Heidelberg. In retreat from Heidelberg, Germans destroy historic Alte Brücke (bridge) over Neckar River. Soviets seize Komorn oil field in Hungary, Germany’s last source of petroleum.
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80 Years Ago—March 28, 1940: Britain and France agree not to make separate peace treaties with Germany. 75 Years Ago—March 28, 1945: Soviets take crucial port of Gdynia on the Baltic. US Eighth Air Force flies final bombing mission to Berlin. British War Cabinet meets for final time in the underground Cabinet War Rooms in… Read more »
80 Years Ago—March 27, 1940: New Zealand Prime Minister Michael Savage dies of cancer; he will be replaced by Peter Fraser on April 4. Sixteen hundred Jewish refugees arrive in Palestine, but are interned by the British for illegal entry. 75 Years Ago—March 27, 1945: Last German V-2 rockets land in Britain—in London (131 killed)… Read more »
80 Years Ago—March 26, 1940: In Canadian election, Mackenzie King retains position as prime minister. First flight of Curtiss C-46 Commando cargo plane in St. Louis, MO. US commercial airlines complete a year of flying without a fatal accident or a serious injury. 75 Years Ago—March 26, 1945: The Battle of Iwo Jima officially ends:… Read more »
80 Years Ago—March 25, 1940: The neutral US allows sale of military aircraft to the Allies. Britain doubles butter ration to ½ pound per week. 75 Years Ago—March 25, 1945: US Seventh Army crosses the Rhine at Worms, Germany. US Fifteenth Air Force based in Italy flies its last strategic mission of war: 650 B-17… Read more »
80 Years Ago—March 24, 1940: Sunspots temporarily disrupt shortwave radios, telephones, and telegraphs in the Western Hemisphere. 75 Years Ago—March 24, 1945: US Ninth Army crosses the Rhine. In Operation Varsity, 17,000 British 6th Airborne Division & US 17th Airborne Division paratroopers drop east of the Rhine and link with British & US land forces…. Read more »
80 Years Ago—March 23, 1940: Germany requires car owners to donate batteries and requires church bells to be melted down. Radio premiere of Truth or Consequences on CBS. 75 Years Ago—March 23, 1945: British Second Army crosses the Rhine at Wesel, Germany. Soviets reach the Gulf of Danzig between Danzig and Gdynia.
80 Years Ago—March 22, 1940: Royal Navy increases patrols off Norway as tensions rise between Britain, Norway, and Germany. 75 Years Ago—March 22, 1945: US Third Army under Gen. George Patton crosses the Rhine at Nierstein and Oppenheim at night, surprising the Germans. US Eighth Army secures Panay in the Philippines.
80 Years Ago—March 21, 1940: Édouard Daladier resigns as Prime Minister of France after vote of no confidence from Parliament, replaced by Paul Reynaud. First German merchant ship is sunk by a British submarine: HMS Ursula sinks German freighter Heddernheim north of Denmark. 75 Years Ago—March 21, 1945: Japanese use rocket-powered Ohka kamikaze plane for… Read more »
75 Years Ago—March 20, 1945: On Luzon, a Filipino force takes San Fernando, led by US Col. Russell Volckmann, who had refused to surrender to the Japanese in 1942. British & Indian troops take Mandalay, Burma.