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January 1939

Hitler predicts in a speech to the Reichstag" that a war in Europe would lead to "the annihilation of the Jewish race in Europe destruction of the Jews", "Auswanderung oder Evakuierung"

March 28,1939

March 28,1939

28 March 1939,
The Spanish Civil War ended, Madrid surrenders; General Franco in Madrid.

January 1940

January 4,1940

4 January 1940,
Germany creates General Council for War Economy under Goering.

January 10,1941

January 10,1941

10 January 1941,
The Lend-Lease bill is introduced in the U.S. Congress.
Heavy German attacks by dive-bombers on British convoys to Malta (in Sicilian channel) results in loss of 'Southampton' and damage to 'Illustrious'

6 February 1942

6 February 1942

6 February 1942,
Japanese troops capture Borneo oil fields.
Allies lose Benghazi and halt German advance at the Gazala line.

April 28,1943

April 28,1943

28 April 1943,
The Germans are fighting hard in Tunisia, with a counter-attack in responding to the loss of Djebel Bou Aoukaz.

March 8,1944

March 8,1944

8 March 1944,
US Eighth Army Air Force sends some 1.800 bombers escorted by 1.100 fighters on raids to Berlin. In desperation the Germans resort to the deployment of training aircraft in their endeavours to counter this armada.

May 23,1945

May 23,1945

23 May 1945,
End of Government Doenitz, take over by Allies.

May 24,1945

May 24,1945

24 May 1945,
British troops capture German Gestapo chief Heinrich Himmler. He commits suicide upon capture by swallowing poison.