Category Archives: World War II

This week in the War, 23–29 April 1945: A flying visit

This week in the war, on 23 April 1945, as Adolf Hitler took personal charge of directing Berlin’s defenses, he received a telegram from Hermann Goering advocating that he, Goering, take full control of Germany. Enraged, Hitler stripped Goering of all … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 16–22 April 1945: Birthday in the bunker

Hitler’s birthday, 20 April, was a special day in the Nazi calendar and normally a cause for parades and festivities across the German Reich. Not long before the beginning of the war, 20 April 1939, Hitler had celebrated his 50th birthday. … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 9–15 April 1945: Death of Franklin Delano Roosevelt

This week in the war, on 12 April 1945, Franklin Delano Roosevelt died at his home in Warm Springs, Georgia—the so-called ‘Little White House.’ America had lost the man who had steered the country through the Great Depression, and the … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 2–8 April 1945: Hitler settles scores with the Abwehr

This week in the war, on 8 April (some say 9 April) 1945, Hans von Dohnanyi was hanged at Sachsenhausen concentration camp. On the following day, 9 April 1945, Admiral Wilhelm Canaris, Major General Hans Oster, and Lutheran pastor, Dietrich Bonhoeffer … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 26 March–1 April 1945: Hitler goes into his bunker

On 1 April 1945, Adolf Hitler vacated his apartments and his headquarters in the Reich Chancellery and descended into his bunker beneath the Reich Chancellery gardens: the Fuehrerbunker. From then on, he lived below ground and only occasionally ventured to … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 19–25 March 1945: Copenhagen—triumph and tragedy

This week in the war, on 21 March 1945, RAF and USAAF bombers carried out a precision raid against the Gestapo headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Gestapo had chosen to set up its headquarters in the former headquarters of the … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 12–18 March 1945: RAF attacks the Schildesche viaduct

This week in the war, on 14 March 1945, the RAF’s 617 Squadron launched a daytime raid against the Schildesche viaduct near Bielefeld, on the railway line linking Hanover to Hamm. The viaduct dated from 1847. A large section of the … Continue reading

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