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  • Sidi Barrani, Egypt to Eastern Libya
    Monday Dec 9, 1940

    World War II

    Operation Compass

    Sidi Barrani, Egypt to Eastern Libya
    Monday Dec 9, 1940

    In December 1940, British Empire forces began counter-offensives against Italian forces in Egypt and Italian East Africa. The offensives were highly successful. Operation Compass was the first large British military operation of the Western Desert Campaign (1940–1943) during the Second World War, and took place between 9 December 1940 to 9 February 1941.




  • Berlin, Germany
    Wednesday Dec 18, 1940

    World War II

    Hitler issued the directive to prepare for an invasion of the Soviet Union

    Berlin, Germany
    Wednesday Dec 18, 1940

    On 18 December 1940, Hitler issued the directive to prepare for an invasion of the Soviet Union.




  • Washington D.C., U.S.
    Sunday Dec 29, 1940

    World War II

    Arsenal of Democracy

    Washington D.C., U.S.
    Sunday Dec 29, 1940

    In December 1940 Roosevelt accused Hitler of planning world conquest and ruled out any negotiations as useless, calling for the United States to become an "arsenal of democracy".




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