Devastation on the beaches of Dieppe. Burning landing craft, knocked out tanks and dead soldiers were everywhere.
Western Europe!
 
 
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01/01/1942 Jean Moulin, the mayor of Chartes, France, who escaped to England early in the conflict, parachutes back into the country in an effort to organize and unify the feuding Resistance factions.
27/01/1942 The Irish Premier, de Valera protests at the arrival of US troops in Ulster. President Roosevelt is said to be amazed by this.
 
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13/02/1942 Vidkun Quisling visits Berlin.
19/02/1942 General Gamelin, Leon Blum and Paul Reynaud are put on trial at Riom by the Vichy government, charged with being responsible for the French defeat of 1940. The trial is never concluded. Blum defends himself so brilliantly that the trial is suspended. He remains a prisoner until 1945.
28/02/1942

A combined services parachute operation to destroy the radar station at Bruneval in North France succeeds.

 
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03/03/1942 Vichy announces that 'official' German figures put the number of French arrested in 1941 at 5,390 and executions at more than 250.
28/03/1942 Naval and Commando raid against St. Nazaire.
 
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14/04/1942 Laval returns to power in Vichy as the ‘Chief of Government with special powers’. Thirty five hostages shot in Paris.
15/04/1942 The French resistance attacks the German HQ at Arras with hand grenades.
20/04/1942 An assassination attempt on Doriol, head of the French Fascists fails. Laval speaks of increased Franco-German friendship.
28/04/1942 At what turns out to be its last meeting, the puppet Nazi Reichstag passes legislation proclaiming Hitler "Supreme Judge of the German People," formalising the Fuhrer's position as being above the reach of the law.
29/04/1942 The Belgian resistance destroys Tenderloo chemical works, killing more that 250. Executions by the Germans reported to be running at 25-30 a month in Belgium.
30/04/1942 Hitler and Mussolini meet at Berchtesgaden to discuss future axis strategy in North Africa and the Mediterranean, the main objectives being the reduction of Malta and the seizure of the Suez Canal.
 
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27/05/1942 All 152 members of a student group that had displayed anti-Nazi posters in Berlin on May 18, are shot.
 
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25/06/1942 General Dwight D. Eisenhower is appointed to command US forces in the European Theatre.
 
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12/08/1942 Himmler is made responsible for order in Belgium and Holland.
19/08/1942 Now codenamed operation 'Jubilee', some 6,100 British and Canadian troops conduct a raid-in-force against the port of Dieppe, which ends in disaster. In less than 10 hours of battle, the British and Canadian forces lose 1,380 KIA, 1,600 wounded, 2,000 made prisoner. The RAF loses 107 aircraft and the Royal Navy lose a destroyer. Germans loses are 345 dead or missing and 268 wounded, with total Luftwaffe losses being just 40 aircraft. Civilian casualties are put at 48 dead and 100 wounded.
30/08/1942 The formal annexation of Luxembourg to Reich leads to a general strike. Use of French accents in the written Luxembourg dialect is now liable to fines.
 
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18/10/1942 Hitler orders German troops to shoot all captured allied commandos, ‘to the last man’.
 
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08/11/1942 On the anniversary of the 1923 Beer Hall Putsch in Munich, Hitler tells his old comrades that Stalingrad is practically in German hands, adding that he didn't want to take that city just because it happens to bear the name of Stalin.
11/11/1942 German forces begin the occupation of those parts of France controlled by the Vichy government. In a letter to Marshal Petain, Hitler declares that the purpose of this move is "to protect France" against the allies.
27/11/1942 Continuing their occupation of Vichy France, German troops take the naval base of Toulon.
 
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07/11/1942 British Commandos make daring raid on Bordeaux harbour, rowing 50 miles up the River Gironde and attaching limpet mines to German shipping.
31/11/1942 The Red Cross are now spending 375,000 per month on food parcels for allied POWs.
 
 
 
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