Sunday, April 17, 2011

70 Years Ago Today 17/4/41

London: In one of the heaviest air raids so far in the war 685 Luftwaffe planes bomb the capital. only two nights previously 758 civilians were killed in a raid on Belfast. April would prove one of the costliest months for there British with 4259 fatalities.

Greece: In the wake of the German onslaught into South Eastern Europe Churchill announces that the British Army is not in a position to mount a strong defence of Greece. He orders all troops to withdraw to the island of Crete which the British are prepared to fortify and commit considerable resources to protecting.

South Atlantic: The German raider Atlantis sinks the Egyptian liner Zamjam taking 220 passengers prisoner.

Belfast City after it was bombed by the Luftwaffe of April 15th 1941.

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