Timeline Project entries from 15 August, 2010 to 22 August, 2010

1942-08-301942-09-05Alam el Halfa

The last major Axis offensive of the Western Desert campaign, Rommel had planned to defeat the British Eighth Army before Allied reinforcements made an Axis victory in Africa impossible. Rommel's attack failed and he was forced to withdraw.

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1940-08-19First Zero Mission

The Japanese fighter the Mitsubishi A6M Zero had it's first combat flight. Twelve Zeros escorted 54 G3M2 bombers on a mission over Chongqing, China.

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1944-08-291944-10-28Slovak National Uprising

An attempt to overthrow the collaborationist Slovak State of Jozef Tiso. Although the rebel forces were defeated by Nazi Germany, guerrilla warfare continued until the Soviet Army liberated Slovakia in 1945.

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1944-08-28Toulon Liberated

Allied troops liberate Toulon as part of the Operation Dragoon, the allied invasion of the southern France.

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1944-08-28Marseille Liberated

Allied troops liberate Marseille as part of the Operation Dragoon, the allied invasion of the southern France.

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1943-08-25Bairoko Harbor Falls

US Marines force Japanese troops to abandon their positions around Bairoko Harbour.

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1943-07-20Bairoko

US Marine Raiders, supported by two United States Army infantry battalions, attacked a Japanese garrison guarding the port of Bairoko on the Dragons Peninsula on New Georgia. The day long assault on the well entrenched defenders failed.

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1942-08-26Chortkiv Holocaust

At 2:30 am in the morning the German Schutzpolizei started driving Chortkiv's 2000 Jews out of their houses, split them in groups of 120 and them to the Belzec death camp. 500 Jewish sick and children were murdered on the spot.

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1942-08-251942-09-07Milne Bay

"Australian troops had, at Milne Bay in New Guinea, inflicted on the Japanese their first undoubted defeat on land. If the Australians, in conditions very like ours, had done it, so could we." British Field Marshal Sir William Slim

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1942-08-241942-08-25Eastern Solomans

Third carrier battle of the Pacific campaign. Both fleets withdrew without a clear victor, however Japan lost significantly more crew and aircraft. Japanese reinforcements for Guadalcanal were delayed allowing Allied troops to prepare.

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1941-08-16Mykolaiv Falls

Troops from Army Group South capture Soviet naval base in the Black Sea port of Mykolaiv.

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1945-08-15Surrender Broadcast

After several more days of behind-the-scenes negotiations and a failed coup d'Etat, Emperor Hirohito gave a recorded radio address to the nation. Some Japanese soldiers, devastated by the surrender, committed suicide. Many allied POWs were executed.

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