Sunday, August 7, 2011

70 Years Ago Today 7/8/40

Moscow: Joseph Stalin appoints himself Commander in Chief of the Red Army.

Gibraltar: The Royal Naval Submarine HMS Severn sinks the Italian Submarine Michele Bianchi with the loss of all on board, thought to be 44.

Russia: The Red Army retreats to a 20 mile wide line East of Smolensk after that city fell to the Germans after an enormous battle in Which 300,000 Soviet POW's were taken as well as 3,200 tanks captured. The way now appears open for German march on Moscow.

Red Army soldiers are surrendering on mass on the Eastern Front

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