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11 Jun 1937
  • Basque forces withdrew behind the "Ring of Iron" defences around Bilbao, Spain as Nationalist forces pressed on with their attacks, but these proved to be less than effective when subjected to heavy artillery bombardment. Under cover of the bombardment, the Nationalists were able to breach the outer defences and the "Ring of Iron" collapsed. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • Do 18F "Zyklon" flying boat took its maiden flight. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Spitfire fighter designer Reginald J. Mitchell died of cancer, aged 42. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • Soviet Marshal Mikhail Nikolaievich Tukhachevsky and seven other Soviet military leaders were shot after "confessing", under NKVD torture, to a plot to overthrow Joseph Stalin. ww2dbase [AC]

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