By Roger A. Freeman

One of many first Thunderbolt teams to determine motion within the eu Theatre of Operations (ETO) with the USA military Air Forces, the 56th Fighter workforce (FG) was once additionally the single fighter unit in the 8th Air strength to stay built with the potent P-47 until eventually war’s finish. Led by means of the inspirational ‘Hub’ Zemke, this crew used to be liable for devising some of the bomber escort strategies hired by way of VIII Fighter Command among 1943 and 1945. through VE-Day the 56th FG had shot down a hundred extra enemy airplane than the other staff within the 8th Air strength, its pilots being credited with 677 kills in the course of 447 missions. The exploits of this elite fighter unit are distinct during this quantity including pictures, their airplane profiles and insignia.

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The Western democracies stood helplessly by, apparently powerless, but in fact unwilling, to intervene and end the involvement of external forces in the war. FURTHER INSTABILITY Democracy returned to Spain with left-wing parties in the ascendancy. They abolished the monarchy in 1931, declared the country a republic, and sent King Alfonso XIII into exile. Right- and left-wing governments followed amid increasing political unrest. Matters came to a head in 1936 when an alliance of left-wing parties called the Popular Front, defeated a coalition composed of Conservative Catholics and the more extreme right-wing Falange Party.

EUROPE IRISH FREE STATE Finnish “ghost” troops repel Red Army forces after they attack Finland on three fronts in November. The Finns unexpectedly force the Russian’s into retreat. EN German forces attack Poland using Blitzkrieg tactics. The invasion follows MADAGASCAR O C E A N AFRICA SWAZILAND BASUTOLAND Soviet armored vehicles enter Poland under the terms of the Russo-German NonAggression pact of 1939 and occupy roughly one third of the country. This second invasion results in the collapse of Polish resistance.

The Austrian chancellor refused to give in to these demands and organized a referendum of the Austrian people over whether they wanted to maintain their independence or accept Anschluss (union) with Germany. Fearful that the vote would go the wrong way, Hitler ordered his troops into Austria on March 12, the eve of the referendum. The Austrian Nazis had done their work well. The German soldiers were greeted by cheering crowds and there was no attempt to oppose them. The following day Schuschnigg resigned, was arrested, and spent until the end of the war in concentration camps.

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