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This week in the War, 23–29 November 1942: Casablanca—The Movie

With the Moroccan port of Casablanca in Allied hands following Operation Torch, American cinema audiences were treated to the first screening of the movie Casablanca. The film opened in New York City, this week in the war, on 26 November … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 29 June–5 July 1942: Mussolini eyes Egypt

This week in the war, 29 June 1942, Benito Mussolini flew from Italy to North Africa. The Duce piloted his own plane. Given Rommel’s spectacular advance and the fall of Tobruk, Mussolini was convinced that Axis forces would arrive in Egypt within days. (15 … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 4–10 August 1941: The Atlantic Charter

The Atlantic Charter conference took place this week in the war, 9–12 August 1941. United States president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, travelled on board the American heavy cruiser USS Augusta to meet with British prime minister Winston Churchill. Churchill came on … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 14–20 July 1941: V for Victory

This week in the war, at midnight on 19 July 1941, the mobilization of the V Army was announced on the BBC by ‘Colonel Britton’. In reality, Colonel Britton was Douglas Ritchie, later to become the European broadcasting director for … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 16–22 June 1941: If Hitler invaded Hell…

“If Hitler invaded Hell, I would at least make a favourable reference to the Devil in the House of Commons,” Churchill joked to his private secretary. This week in the war, on the evening of 22 June 1941, Churchill broadcast … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 26 May–1 June 1941: Sink the Bismarck!

“Sink the Bismarck, at any cost,” was the order that Winston Churchill gave to the Royal Navy when the world’s most powerful battleship was on the rampage in the North Atlantic. After a long and harrowing chase, Churchill’s wish was … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 17–23 March 1941: Aussie PM honoured in Pommie Land

This week in the war, Australian Prime Minister Robert Menzies was touring the British Isles. He was in Plymouth on 21 March 1941, and witnessed a heavy air raid, with the Luftwaffe dropping 20,000 incendiary bombs across the city. Twelve large … Continue reading

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