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21 Sep 1944
  • In the morning, troops of Greek 3rd Mountain Brigade captured Rimini, Italy, which had been evacuated by the Germans overnight, and raised a Greek flag on the balcony of the municipal building; the mayor officially surrendered the city at 0745 hours. US 85th Division captured Firenzuola, Italy. Indian 4th Division withdrew from San Marino. ww2dbase [Gothic Line Offensive | TH, CPC]
  • German Armeegruppe E evacuated the Peloponnese Peninsula in Greece. ww2dbase [TH]
  • US 83rd Infantry Division became part of the Third Army of US 12th Army Group. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The second authorized special attack was conducted by three Japanese Army aircraft. ww2dbase [CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Emden completed laying mines in the Skagerrak. ww2dbase [Emden | CPC]
  • USS Permit departed Brisbane, Australia, starting her fourtheenth war patrol. ww2dbase [Permit | CPC]
  • George Patton traveled to Paris, France to meet with Dwight Eisenhower over lunch. ww2dbase [George Patton | CPC]
  • Men of Polish 1st Independent Parachute Brigade landed between Arnhem and Nijmegen in the Netherlands as British airborne troops in Arnhem were becoming overwhelmed. Nearby, Schijndel was captured by the Allies. ww2dbase [Operation Market Garden | TH, CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Alabama escorted US carriers as carrier aircraft began attacking Japanese positions in the Manila Bay area in the Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Alabama | CPC]
  • Kamoi received light damage in the hull and boilers from an aircraft of US Task Force 38 at Manila, Philippine Islands. At 2203 hours, Kamoi and other supply ships departed Manila for Palawan. ww2dbase [Kamoi | CPC]
  • Josip Broz Tito arrived in Romania. ww2dbase [Josip Tito | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • No. 3 Squadron RAF was transferred out of RAF Newchurch in southern England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [RAF Newchurch | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 21 Sep 1944
PBM Mariner aircraft of Flight Lieutenant Fox, No. 41 Squadron RAAF, in flight from Townsville, Australia to Port Moresby, New Guinea, 21 Sep 194417-pdr anti-tank gun of the 21st Anti-Tank Regiment, British Guards Armoured Division, guarding the approaches to Nijmegen Bridge, the Netherlands, 21 Sep 1944Bedford MWD trucks and other vehicles of the 4th Wiltshire Regiment, British 43rd Division, Valkenswaard, the Netherlands, 21 Sep 1944Sergeant J. Whawell and Sergeant J. Turl of the UK Glider Pilot Regiment searching a damaged ULO school for German snipers, Kneppelhoutweg, Oosterbeek, Gelderland, the Netherlands, 21 Sep 1944
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Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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