German soldiers (Flamethrower team) in the Soviet Union, June 1941 (German Federal Archives, Bild 146-1974-099-19)
80 Years Ago—June 22, 1941: Operation Barbarossa: 3.5 million German troops invade the USSR in the largest military campaign in history.
In Operation Barbarossa, the German Luftwaffe destroys 2000 Soviet aircraft.
Lithuanians rise up to drive out the Soviets in the June Uprising, cooperating with the Germans.
German U-boat U-48 returns from her final mission; she has sunk 55 ships, the most successful sub of WWII.
Free French Gen. Georges Catroux and Gen. Paul Louis Le Gentilhomme enter Damascus, June 1941, escorted by French Gardes Tcherkess (Australian government photo)
80 Years Ago—June 21, 1941: In Vichy France and occupied France, Jewish students are excluded from universities and professional schools.
Former Danish Fleet Air Arm pilots Lt. Thomas Sneum & Lt. Kjeld Pedersen fly a De Havilland Hornet Moth biplane from Denmark to England, refueling midair by walking on the wings, to deliver film footage of German Freya radar in Denmark.
Free French troops occupy Damascus, Syria.
US State Department orders closure of Italian consulates in the US by July 15.
Cover of the first edition of Berlin Diary by William L. Shirer
US Army Air Forces patch, WWII
80 Years Ago—June 20, 1941: The US Army Air Forces is established under Maj. Gen. Henry H. (“Hap”) Arnold (formerly the Army Air Corps).
William L. Shirer’s bestselling book Berlin Diary is published about his experiences as a foreign correspondent in Nazi Germany.
The Hoover Library of War, Revolution, and Peace is dedicated at Stanford University.
Ford Motor Company signs its first contract with a labor union, the UAW.
German Army SdKfz. 251 halftrack vehicles advancing toward the Soviet border in preparation for invasion, 21 Jun 1941 (German Federal Archive: Bild 101I-267-0143-29)
80 Years Ago—June 19, 1941: Germany and Italy order closure of US consulates in retaliation for US closure of German consulates.
USSR orders a blackout along the German border and camouflage of airfields.
WAAF radar operator Denise Miley plotting aircraft on the CRT (cathode ray tube) of an RF7 Receiver in the Receiver Room at Bawdsey Chain Home Station (Imperial War Museum: CH 15332)
80 Years Ago—June 18, 1941: Germany and Turkey sign a non-aggression pact.
British press first reports the use of radiolocation equipment (later called radar) in the Battle of Britain.
Troops of Indian 4th Division decorating their truck with “Khyber Pass to Hellfire Pass,” noting their service in South Asia and North Africa, 21 Jun 1941 (Imperial War Museum: 4700-32 E 3660)
80 Years Ago—June 17, 1941: Germans drive British back through Halfaya Pass from Libya into Egypt—the siege of Tobruk remains.
In 1919, Grace Hamilton is being prepared by her wealthy parents to make her debut in Toronto society. But Grace longs to find information about the family she remembers as a little girl – when she was shipped from England to Canada with the British Home Children and separated from her brother and sisters. Her parents, however, insist she lie about her background for fear that the stigma against the British Home Children will prevent her from finding a suitable match.
In the Ontario countryside Emma Lafferty has run away from the farm where she was raised as a Home Child – and was treated poorly. She’s found friends and good work at the boardinghouse where she lives, but she longs for the man she loves, Garth McAlister, to return from the Great War and she worries because he hasn’t written in far too long. Then when the landlady is murdered, Emma finds herself the prime suspect.
Garth and his friend Rob Lewis visit Garth’s newfound family in England after serving with the Canadian forces in the war. Both are eager to shake off their experiences as Home Children and forge new lives for themselves. But first, Garth wants to return to Emma – and to find his long-lost little sister, Grace.
A sweet and gentle tale at heart, No Journey Too Far features endearing characters who live out their faith in difficult circumstances. The story also casts light on the prejudices faced by the British Home Children in Canada, even as they entered adulthood. Grace and Emma are appealing characters, and Garth and Rob are true heroes with both strength and determination. Carrie Turansky‘s writing pulls the heartstrings in all the right ways!
Douglas DC-3 of Eastern Air Lines taxiing at Washington National Airport, 1 July 1941 (Library of Congress: LC-DIG-fsa-8a36214)
80 Years Ago—June 16, 1941: US State Department orders all German consulates in the US to be closed by July 10, and all German news and propaganda agencies to be closed (embassy to remain open in Washington, DC).
Ford’s Willow Run plant to produce B-24 Liberator bombers is dedicated.
Washington National Airport opens with one hangar (now Reagan International Airport).
German tanks near Sollum, Egypt, circa 16 Jun 1941 (Imperial War Museum: 5712-03 MH 5588)
80 Years Ago—June 15, 1941: British launch offensive from Egyptian-Libyan border to break German siege of Tobruk, and they take Fort Capuzzo, Libya.
Thank you to all of you who joined me for the cover reveal for Until Leaves Fall in Paris, coming from Revell on February 1, 2022.
Until Leaves Fall in Paris is now available for pre-order at Baker Book House , Amazon, and Barnes & Noble, and will be available on other sites soon. Pre-orders for the e-book will be available at a later date.
For the ten-book giveaway, we had 732 (!) people enter! Wow! Thank you, everyone, for your enthusiasm and for spreading the word!
Here are the ten winners, who will be notified by email. The books will be mailed in late January. Winners, please check your inbox! If a winner does not respond by June 21, 2021, a new winner will be chosen.
Caroline (cgriesbauer email)
Thank you again, everyone! And I hope you all enjoy Until Leaves Fall in Paris!