Timeline Project entries from 25 August, 2011 to 1 September, 2011

1945-08-181945-09-01Kuril Islands Invaded

Sovient troops from the 355th Rifle Division and elements of the 87th Rifle Corps occupy the Kuril islands. The 20,000 odd Japanese defenders surrender as part of the general surrender terms. The islands are annexed to the Soviet Union.

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1940-08-24Bismark Commissioned

The german Battleship Bismarck is commissioned into the Kriegsmarine. She was the largest ship built by Germany or indeed any European navy and was named for Otto Von Bismarck the 19th century statesman largely responsible for the reunification of Germany

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