Saturday, May 25, 2013

May 25, 1940 - Allies retreat to Dunkirk

The Allied forces, British and French alike, retreat to Dunkirk. Hitler orders a halt to the advance of Germans toward the Allied beachhead and allows Hermann Göring to use the Luftwaffe to attack. British R.A.F. defends the beachhead.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Body of Lehigh County man killed in World War II returns home

US Army Private William Yawney's remains were identified and he will be given the honor and respect he deserves.

May 24, 1941 - Bismark sinks HMS Hood

British battle cruiser HMS Hood is sunk by a powerful salvo from German battleship Bismarck in the North Atlantic.

May 23, 1944 - "Drive to Rome"

Allies advance toward Rome, after a linkup of American II and III corps.  The "Drive to Rome" begins with the Allied breakout of the Anzio Beachhead.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

May 21, 1941 - SS Robin Moor sunk by German submarine

The US merchantman SS Robin Moor is sunk by German submarine U-69. The incident startles the nation, and President Roosevelt shortly announces an "unlimited national emergency."

Monday, May 20, 2013

World War II vet remembers the positive

Dylan Brown / Independent Record
Ralph Arnold, 93, laughs while talking about his "young soldier" experiences Wednesday.

"Who can complain?"
At his apartment in the Touchmark retirement community, the first memento Arnold shows from his service is a faded ticket stub, some seven decades old, from the Folies Bergére, the famed racy cabaret in Paris. He was doing “recon,” he jokes.
With a wit as sharp as Ralph Arnold's, some memories of his time in World War II don't seem nearly as bad as they probably were.  Mr. Arnold is a great example of the attitude and perseverance it took to make it through the war and come back home and live life.

A fascinating part of this story is the roll of film he found on a German soldier, and one of the photos made it to the Chicago Tribune and later the Holocaust Museum.

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May 20, 1942 - Japanese take Burma

The Japanese conquest of Burma is complete; it is called a "military catastrophe".