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19 Oct 1938

  • Emden arrived at Istanbul, Turkey. ww2dbase [Emden | Istanbul | CPC]
23 Oct 1938

  • Emden departed Istanbul, Turkey. ww2dbase [Emden | Istanbul | CPC]
11 Mar 1941

  • As English diplomats arrived in Istanbul, Turkey, a bomb smuggled into their luggage exploded, killing 2. ww2dbase [Istanbul | TH]
16 Dec 1941

23 Feb 1942

  • Turkish troops boarded the disabled passenger ship Struma at Istanbul, Turkey; Struma had departed Romania in Dec 1941 with 769 Romanian Jewish refugees on board and had been at Istanbul for two months. The Turkish troops prepared Struma for towing, and before the day ended she was towed through the Bosphorus into the Black Sea, where she was abandoned with all passengers still aboard. ww2dbase [Discovery of Concentration Camps and the Holocaust | Istanbul | CPC]
8 Feb 1944

  • In Istanbul, Turkey, British MI6 agent Nicholas Elliott staged the kidnapping of German Abwehr officer Erich Vermehren (British code name: Precious) and his wife Elisabeth as a cover for their defection to the United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Erich Vermehren | Istanbul | DS]
19 May 1944

  • Joel Brand of the Hungarian Zionist Relief and Rescue Committee and Gestapo Agent Bandi Grosz (alias Andre Gyorgy) arrived in Istanbul, Turkey to deliver a message for the Allied powers: Germany would spare the lives of 700,000 Hungarian Jews if the Allies would provide Germany with 10,000 trucks, 2 million bars of soap, 800 tons of coffee, 200 tons of cocoa, and 800 tons of tea. The British government concluded that it was a German scheme to install suspicion in the Soviet Union toward the Western Allies. ww2dbase [Istanbul | CPC]
10 Sep 1944

  • Downed US and British airmen previously interned in Bulgaria were evacuated by train to Istanbul, Turkey. ww2dbase [Bulgaria Switched Sides | Istanbul | CPC]

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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