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20 Apr 1916
  • The Escadrille Américaine (latterly the Escadrille Lafayette) was established as a US volunteer unit flying Nieuport II aircraft with the French Aéronautique Militaire on the Western Front in WW1. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Ferdinand Schörner was awarded the Military Merit Cross 3rd class of Austria-Hungary. ww2dbase [Ferdinand Schörner | CPC]
Japan
  • Masafumi Arima departed for an overseas tour. ww2dbase [Masafumi Arima | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Battlecruiser Glorious was launched in Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Glorious | AC]

20 Apr 1916 Interactive Map

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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"We no longer demand anything, we want war."

Joachim von Ribbentrop, German Foreign Minister, Aug 1939