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April 21st, 1945 - On this day in World War Two history, the US Fifth Army and Polish forces take Bologna, Italy.
Also on this day, the French take Stuttgart, Germany.
These two events are very important. The allied Spring 1945 Offensive in the Italian Campaign would be the crippling blow to the German position in Northern Italy. Ever since the fall of Monte Cassino and the German Winter Line in southern Italy and the subsequent Fall of Rome in early June of 1944, the Germans had taken up a strong position along the Gothic Line to the north of the ancient capital.
Up until this point, the allies had tried multiple times to break through the line, failing every attempt. They did manage to penetrate the defenses along multiple points of the line, but the Germans were always able to retire in good order and continue the fight, blocking off the breach and keeping the enemy at bay. This 1945 Spring Offensive though would cripple the line once and for all, pushing the Germans back, finally dismantling the Italian Social Republic, killing Mussolini, and ending with the surrender of the German forces in Italy on May 2nd of 1945. This was the same day Berlin surrendered to the Red Army. The only other fighting beyond this date involved German troops fighting westward in order to be able to surrender to the allies instead of the Red Army as they would be treated better this way.
In terms of the French taking Stuttgart Germany, this is very important as it is the taking of a major German city.
The French had survived as the Free French Army under General Charles de Gaulle in French Equatorial Africa for months after the French surrender in June 1940. They slowly made their way northward, helping the British and eventually the US troops fight off Rommel in North Africa. They then helped liberate their own nation and subsequently pushed into Germany. The Free French Army was the actual French Army that evacuated instead of surrendered in 1940, and it is different than the French resistance. This painting shows Brazilian P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft as they attack a German column during the Spring 1945 Offensive.
Pictures: 1. Hess, in his aviator uniform. 2. Remains of the aircraft that he flew. 3. Last days as prisoner in Spandau.
🇺🇸WWII Series VI: The flight of Hess.
When battle of England (Blitz) was nearing its end, Rudolf Hess, one of the most notable Nazis of all time, took a surprising decision.
Without Hitler's knowledge, for which he felt a special fervor, he took a last model Messerschmitt Bf.110 plane with a mission: fly to Britain and sign the peace (knowing that the eastern front would be opened soon in Russia).
His goal was to land on the domains of an English nobleman, the Duke of Hamilton, with Hess thought he had things in common with and could remove the British parliament to depose Churchill from the position of Prime Minister.
The result of the flight, from Augsburg to Scotland, however, did not turn out as expected and Hess landed a few kilometers from the target. He was arrested and identified.
The British could not believe it. Hitler, who cursed him in his residence in the Alps, either. It was the bitter end of one of the Nazis most loved by the current neo-Nazis, the "messenger of peace".
Hess would spend the rest of his days in Spandau prison after the Nuremberg Trials. He was never listened. "Do we have Hess? I'm going to see the Marx brothers", were the words of Churchill after the fall from the skies of the Nazi personage.
The war, however, would continue its course. And the claws of Hitler were now fixed in the east. The USSR was under threat. It was Stalin's time.
23 - 24 апреля 1944 года было предпринято наступление крупными силами 4-го Украинского фронта с целью широкого и глубокого прорыва обороны противника с последующим освобождением Севастополя. Перед этим, в ночь на 23 апреля, удары по противнику нанесла авиация дальнего действия.
Общее наступление войск фронта началось 23 апреля в 11 часов после часовой артиллерийской подготовки и бомбо-штурмового удара авиации.
Войска 2-й гвардейской армии в результате исключительно ожесточенных боев овладели сильными опорными пунктами в районе безымянной высоты, железной дорогой (в 2 км юго-западнее Бельбека) и вели бой за станцию Мекензиевы Горы.
Войска 51-й армии лишь на отдельных направлениях заняли местами две-три траншеи противника.
Приморская армия совместно с 19-м танковым корпусом (98 танков и САУ) овладели безымянным хутором (северо-восточнее колхоза "Большевик"). Таким образом, войска на этом участке продвинулсь до 3-х км, но закрепиться не смогли. #war#worldwar2#втораямироваявойна#великаяпобеда#великаяотечественнаявойна
Bosnian partisans of the 15th Majevičke Brigade meet with wounded fellow insurgents of the 2nd Dalmatinske Brigade during the Battle of the Sutjeska, in which approximately 127,000 Axis German, Italian, Bulgarian and fascist Croatian forces unsuccessfully aimed to destroy the main forces of the National Liberation Army and Partisan Detachments of Yugoslavia near the Sutjeska river in south-eastern Bosnia. In the foreground, Dese Koštak takes the hand of injured fighter Biserka Đukić. Part of the larger Axis operation, Case Black, the Battle of the Sutjeska took place from 15 May 1943 until 16 June 1943. Near Avtovac, Bosnia, Yugoslavia (now, Bosnia and Herzegovina). 9 June 1943. #War#ww2#tank#Germany#allies#war#germany#wehrmacht#wwii#germanyww2#fighter#plane#battle#tanks#weapons#2ww#ww2germany#instagram#WorldWar2#SS#waffenSS#history#battle#allied#axis#america#historical#military#gun#Warhistorians ----------------------------------------------------
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Soldiers of the 7. SS-Freiwilligen-Gebirgs-Division „Prinz Eugen“ next to a Beutepanzer (“Captured Tank”) PzKpfw 38H 735(f).
The Hotchkiss H35/H39 were produced in France for the French Army. After the Fall of France in 1940, about 550 vehicles were captured by the Germans and pressed into service, after being redenominated as PzKpfw 38H 735(f). #ww2#worldwar2#war#armor#french#german#l4l#followme#historiansunion#tanks#armor
Tomorrow is Anzac Day, a day for us all to remember those that served so we could live the life we do today. Our Dad served in World War 2 but never wanted to talk about it, Thank you Dad and all of those who have served and are still serving Australia 🇦🇺 in all wars so we can enjoy continual peace today for future generations . #anzacday#worldwar2#raaf#army#navy#peace#rip#australia#thankyou#dad#lestweforget