Magazine article America in WWII

May-June 1941

Magazine article America in WWII

May-June 1941

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May 2 The last British forces in Greece leave the nation to the conquering Germans. May 10 Rudolf Hess, number three in the Nazi hierarchy, parachutes into Eaglesham, Scotland, in a bizarre effort to find the Duke of Hamilton, whom he had met at the 1936 Olympics, and negotiate peace between Germany and Britain. Hitler declares Hess crazy. May 10-11 German bombers pummel London on the last night of the Blitz, the months-long air campaign over England. May 12 The last ships of the British naval convoy code-named Tiger arrive in Alexandria, Egypt. Tiger has delivered 238 tanks, 43 Hurricane fighters, and supplies for offensives against German Major General Erwin Rommel's Afrika Korps. May 15 In Zagreb, the Germans establish Croatia as a kingdom independent of Yugoslavia. May 15 Bolstered by the Tiger convoy supplies, British forces launch Operation Brevity near Solium, Egypt, hoping to break Rommel's siege of Tobruk, the nearby Libyan port city. May 20 Germany drops the first of thousands of paratroopers onto the island of Crete in history's first large-scale airborne assault. May 24 The prized German battleship Bismarck, and her escort Prinz Eugen sink the British cruiser Hood in the Denmark Strait. May 27 With secret help from the neutral United States, British vessels find and sink the Bismarck in the Bay of Biscay. June 1 The last British troops leave Crete. Despite the success of Germany's airborne invasion, it cost so many troops that Hitler forbade major paratroop operations. …

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