80 Years Ago—Sept. 30, 1941: Chinese defeat Japanese in the Second Battle of Changsha. RAF withdraws US-made B-17C Flying Fortress bombers from combat due to problems with systems freezing and insufficient armor.
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80 Years Ago—Sept. 29, 1941: Babi Yar Massacre begins: German SS begins 2-day massacre of 33,771 Jews from Kiev in the Ukraine. Due to resistance, Germany names SS Gen. Reinhard Heydrich as Deputy Protector of Bohemia and Moravia (Czechoslovakia). Germans enter Donets Basin, the Soviet industrial base. Brazil allows US Navy to use ports of… Read more »
80 Years Ago—Sept. 28, 1941: Free French declare independence of Syria and Lebanon. Japanese assault city of Changsha, China, beginning Second Battle of Changsha. Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox earns .406 batting average for the season; his record still stands.
80 Years Ago—Sept. 27, 1941: Liberty Fleet Day: US launches first 14 Liberty cargo ships, led by SS Patrick Henry in Baltimore, MD. Germans arrest Alois Eliáš, prime minister of Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, for resistance work; he will become the only head of state to be executed by the Nazis. New song in… Read more »
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.
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.