Thursday, June 16, 2011

70 Years Ago Today 16/6/41

Vietnam: On this day 70 years ago in Saigon the Viet Minh was formed by Ho Chi Minh as a national army of liberation. Its objective was to fight the Japanese until Vietnamese independence was achieved. The Viet Minh, under Ho Chi Minh's leadership would go on to fight the Japanese, French and American forces until the eventual fall of Saigon in 1975.

Washington: President Roosevelt orders the closure of all 24 German consulates in the USA.

England: In Aldershot military base, captured German deputy leader Rudolf Hess attempts to commit suicide by jumping of a balcony. He only breaks a leg.

Syria: The battle for control of the colonies between Free French and and pro German Vichy troops continues. In Syria it is particularly violent appearing more like a French civil war. Two weeks previously allied and Free French troops invaded Syria to take it form Vichy control. On this day 70 years ago the RAF based in Cyprus attacked and sunk the Vichy French destroyer Chevallier Paul 20 miles out from Beirut.

Libya: General Wavell informs Churchill in Cairo, that Operation Battleaxe has failed. The attempt at relieving the siege of Torbruk resulted in 91 British tanks being lost when allied forces attempted to encircle German forces that were enforcing the siege.

70 years ago today German tanks inflicted severe losses on British forces in Eastern Libya.

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