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  • Myitkyina, Burma
    Friday Aug 4, 1944

    World War II

    Siege of Myitkyina

    Myitkyina, Burma
    Friday Aug 4, 1944

    Myitkyina airfield and town captured by the Allies.




  • Karkow, Poland
    Sunday Aug 6, 1944

    Pope John Paul II

    Black Sunday

    Karkow, Poland
    Sunday Aug 6, 1944

    On 6 August 1944, a day known as "Black Sunday", the Gestapo rounded up young men in Kraków to curtail the uprising there, similar to the recent uprising in Warsaw. Wojtyła escaped by hiding in the basement of his uncle's house at 10 Tyniecka Street, while the German troops searched above. More than eight thousand men and boys were taken that day, while Wojtyła escaped to the Archbishop's Palace, where he remained until after the Germans had left.




  • Hengyang, Hunan, China
    Wednesday Aug 9, 1944

    World War II

    Japanese captured Hengyang

    Hengyang, Hunan, China
    Wednesday Aug 9, 1944

    On June 22, Japanese divisions received their orders to attack the city, which started the 48 days of siege and defense. Japanese have captured the city of Hengyang by August.




  • The English Canal, United Kingdom
    Saturday Aug 12, 1944

    John F. Kennedy

    Older brother killed

    The English Canal, United Kingdom
    Saturday Aug 12, 1944

    On August 12, 1944, Kennedy's older brother, Joe Jr., a navy pilot, was killed while volunteering for a special and hazardous air mission. His explosive-laden plane blew up when the plane's bombs detonated prematurely while the aircraft was flying over the English Channel.




  • Normandy, France
    Sunday Aug 13, 1944

    World War II

    Falaise Pocket

    Normandy, France
    Sunday Aug 13, 1944

    The battle resulted in the destruction of most of the German forces west of the Seine, which opened the way to Paris and the Franco-German border for the Allied armies on the Western Front. The Battle lasted from 12 to 21 August.




  • Southern France
    Tuesday Aug 15, 1944

    Dwight D. Eisenhower

    Invasion of Southern France

    Southern France
    Tuesday Aug 15, 1944

    Two months later (August 15), the invasion of Southern France took place, and control of forces in the southern invasion passed from the AFHQ to the SHAEF. Many thought that victory in Europe would come by summer's end, but the Germans did not capitulate for almost a year.




  • Southern France
    Wednesday Aug 16, 1944

    World War II

    Operation Dragoon

    Southern France
    Wednesday Aug 16, 1944

    Operation Dragoon (initially Operation Anvil) was the code name for the landing operation of the Allied invasion of Provence (Southern France) on 15 August 1944 and ended on 14 September.


  • Belarus, Baltic states, Ukraine, and eastern Poland
    Saturday Aug 19, 1944

    World War II

    Operation Bagration - Great defeat

    Belarus, Baltic states, Ukraine, and eastern Poland
    Saturday Aug 19, 1944

    On 22 June, the Soviets launched a strategic offensive in Belarus ("Operation Bagration") that destroyed the German Army Group Centre almost completely. The Soviet Union inflicted the biggest defeat in German military history by destroying 28 out of 34 divisions of Army Group Centre and completely shattered the German front line. The Battle ended on 19 August 1944.


  • Paris, France
    Sunday Aug 20, 1944

    Charles de Gaulle

    De Gaulle allowed to entered Paris

    Paris, France
    Sunday Aug 20, 1944

    On 20 August; it allowed him to enter Paris as a liberator in the midst of the general euphoria. After the Germans had forcibly removed members of the Vichy government and taken them to Germany a few days earlier.


  • Romania
    Sunday Aug 20, 1944

    World War II

    Jassy–Kishinev Offensive

    Romania
    Sunday Aug 20, 1944

    Soviet Red Army's strategic offensive in eastern Romania cut off and destroyed the considerable German troops there, the offensive lasted 9 days after it started on 20 August 1944.


  • Paris, France
    Monday Aug 21, 1944

    Charles de Gaulle

    Gaulle had appointed his military advisor General Marie-Pierre Koenig

    Paris, France
    Monday Aug 21, 1944

    On 21 August, de Gaulle had appointed his military advisor General Marie-Pierre Koenig as Governor of Paris.


  • Romania
    Wednesday Aug 23, 1944

    World War II

    King Michael's Coup

    Romania
    Wednesday Aug 23, 1944

    Coup d'état led by King Michael I of Romania on 23 August 1944.


  • Paris, France
    Friday Aug 25, 1944

    Eiffel Tower

    Tricolour up again

    Paris, France
    Friday Aug 25, 1944

    On 25 June, before the Germans had been driven out of Paris, the German flag was replaced with a Tricolour by two men from the French Naval Museum, who narrowly beat three men led by Lucien Sarniguet, who had lowered the Tricolour on 13 June 1940 when Paris fell to the Germans.


  • France
    Friday Aug 25, 1944

    Charles de Gaulle

    De Gaulle was under machine-gun fire by the Vichy militia

    France
    Friday Aug 25, 1944

    On Saturday 26 August, it came under machine-gun fire by the Vichy militia and fifth columnists. Later, on entering the Notre Dame Cathedral to be received as head of the provisional government by the Committee of Liberation.


  • Paris, France
    Saturday Aug 26, 1944

    World War II

    Paris is free

    Paris, France
    Saturday Aug 26, 1944

    Paris was liberated on 25 August by the local resistance assisted by the Free French Forces, both led by General Charles de Gaulle.


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