Skip to comments.RUSSIANS FALL BACK AT KHARKOV; U.S. BOMBERS BLAST LIBYAN BASE (6/24/42)
Posted on 06/24/2012 4:53:14 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson
* Small item on page 3: De Gaulle Got Molotoff Pledge.
But did they shake on it? Doesnt say.
Further Nazi reprisals for Heydrich’s death
Wednesday, June 24, 1942 www.onwar.com
In Occupied Czechoslovakia... The village of Levzasky is destroyed in reprisal for the assassination of Heydrich on May 27th. In total, more than 1,000 people are killed in various reprisals for the assassination.
June 24th, 1942
Destroyer HMS Kempenfelt commissioned.
Light cruiser HMS Lion laid down.
Frigate HMS Kale launched. (Dave Shirlaw)
U.S.S.R.: Soviet marines land in the Crimea to aid Sevastopol.
Minesweeper HMS Gossamer is bombed by JU.87 bombers operating against shipping in the Kola Inlet, and sinks within 8 minutes of being hit. There are 23 casualties. Location Arctic 68 59N 33 03E. (Alex Gordon)(108)
Soviet submarine SC-405 is sunk by depth charges east of Pellinki by Tupolev SB-2 code SB-4 from 2/LeLv 6. (Mikki Härmeinen)
THAILAND: Ban Pong: Work begins today on the first phase of an ambitious plan by Japan to improve its lines of supply by extending the Singapore-to-Bangkok railway 294 miles north through the jungle to Rangoon. It proposes to build the line using the vast pool of Allied PoW labour now at its disposal.
600 British PoWs led by Major R. S. Sykes arrived here yesterday from Singapore after a four-day rail journey to begin building the Thai base camp. The first 34 miles of line are on the flat, but at Tha Makham, where the line crosses the fast-flowing Kawe Noi, the PoWs will have to build a 240-yard long wooden trestle bridge.
TERRITORY OF ALASKA: ALEUTIAN ISLANDS: USS-S27 is still in difficulty, but they are at last spotted by a navy Catalina.
U.S.A.: Destroyers USS Bell and Stevens launched. (Dave Shirlaw)
ATLANTIC OCEAN: A U.S. armed freighter is attacked by the German submarine U-404 in the Atlantic off North Carolina. The crew abandons ship and the freighter sinks tomorrow while being towed to shore. (Jack McKillop)
"A typed radio message announced the havoc wreaked on the town of Lidice in retribution for the assassination of Heydrich.
On the day prior to the destruction of Lidice, Hitler issued the following warning:
'Nothing will prevent me from expelling millions of Czechs if they are not prepared for a peaceful life together.' The massacre at Lidice sent a clear message to anyone thinking about opposing the Nazi regime.
This poster was created by the U.S. Office of War Information."
SHIP WAR RISK RATES UP
Charges for Panama Canal Traffic to Australasia Raised to 15%’’
The Institute of London Underwriters announced today that under a new schedule effective June 24 war risk rates between North and South American and Australasia via the Panama Canal and Pacific Ocean would be increase from 5 to 15 percent.
Other rates under the institutes new listings to or from points in North and South American included:
West and South Africa, Canary Islands and East Africa, 12.5 percent
Haifa and Alexandria, 20 percent
Port Said and Suez 17.5 percent
Red Sea and Aden 12.5 percent
Rates for ports requiring sailing via the Cape of Good Hope were up 5 percent, the institute said.
PARAMARIBO, Dutch Guiana, June 23 - Thirty six members of the crew of a torpedoed Norwegian tanker landed here today from a lifeboat after refusing to go ashore at Devil's Island, French Guiana, and accept internment in the Vichy controlled colony, the Aneta Dutch Indies News Agency said today.
The survivors reached Devil's Island after a week at sea in the lifeboat. When the French authorities gave them the choice of accepting internment or continuing the voyage in their frail craft they decided to put to sea.
Molotoff had his other hand behind his back...with his fingers crossed.
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