Battleship of Royal Sovereign class Arkhangelsk Type: Russian battleship of British Royal Sovereign class. History When Italy surrendered in September 1943 the Soviet government immediately laid claim to one-third of the Italian fleet as reparations for the damage done by Italian units in the Black Sea. Although the Allies had little choice and no willingness to make this settlement, they compromised by transferring a number of their own ships on loan, until such time as the surrendered Italian fleet could be apportioned. As part of this deal the Royal Navy made available the old battleship Royal Sovereign, which had been … learn more
WW2 War Diary for Friday, September 22, 1939: Poland Russo-German victory parade at Brest-Litovsk. Colonel-General von Fritsch, former German Army C-in-C and leading anti-Nazi, killed by rifle fire outside Warsaw (suicide). Home Fronts Britain: Petrol rationed. Politics Second meeting of Allied Supreme War Council, in Sussex.
WW2 War Diary for Friday, September 22, 1944: Russian Front Russians capture Tallinn (Estonia). Western Front Germans surrender at Boulogne. Stolberg (east of Aachen) captured. Air War Germany: USAAF bombers attacking Kassel and dropping 1,517 t of bombs.
WW2 War Diary for Thursday, September 21, 1939: Poland Artillery bombardment of key points in Warsaw greatly intensified. Neutrals Rumania: Prime Minister Calinescu shot dead by fascists of the Iron Guard. Assassins captured and publicly executed. Luxemburg: Radio Luxemburg closes down. Politics Britain: Government Blue Book published: pre-war diplomatic documents. Occupied Countries Poland: The Heydrich Plan: 600,000 Jews from Danzig and Western Poland to be transported to central Poland and concentrated in urban ghettos.
WW2 War Diary for Thursday, September 21, 1944: Russian Front Polish 1st Army forced to withdraw from its bridgeheads in Warsaw. Western Front Infantry of British 2nd Army tries to break through to Arnhem. Italy Greek and Canadian units of 8th Army capture Rimini, eastern bastion of Gothic Line.