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26 May 1944
  • To the dismay of Roosevelt and Churchill, de Gaulle proclaimed the Free French movement to be the "Provisional Government of the French Republic"; de Gaulle received recognition from most Allied governments, but this caused him to be left out of the planning for Operation Overlord. ww2dbase [Charles de Gaulle | TH]
  • Adolf Hitler delivered a speech at Der Platterhof hotel in Obersalzberg, Germany, justifying the continuation of the war. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | CPC]
  • USS Cabrilla attacked a Japanese convoy in the Dutch East Indies with six torpedoes; four of them struck and sank a transport. ww2dbase [Cabrilla | CPC]
  • The first Australian-built Beaufighter Mk.21 aircraft (A8) made its maiden flight. 364 aircraft would be built by the Mascot and Fishermen's Bend factories by the end of 1945. ww2dbase [Beaufighter | AC]
  • USS Harder departed Fremantle, Australia for her fifth war patrol. ww2dbase [Harder | Fremantle, Western Australia | CPC]
Hawaii Italy
  • After US 1st Armored Division had already been ordered north toward Rome, Italy, Mark Clark belatedly reported to Harold Alexander such a change in orders; he left only 1 division to attack the remaining German forces at Valmontone. In the area, US troops captured Cori. ww2dbase [Battle of Anzio | Lazio | TH, CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Permit claimed the sinking of a Japanese submarine off Truk, Carolin Islands, hitting her with 1 of 6 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Permit | CPC]

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Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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"With Germany arming at breakneck speed, England lost in a pacifist dream, France corrupt and torn by dissension, America remote and indifferent... do you not tremble for your children?"

Winston Churchill, 1935

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