Diary August 31, 1945
Diary for Friday, August 31, 1945:
Erich von Manstein, most capable German commanders during WW2. Designed the ‘sickle cut’ for the Blitz victory over France and commanded successfully Army Group South in Russia since the encirclement of the 6th Army in Stalingrad to his replacement because of differences with Hitler in the spring of 1944.
Germany: Arrest of Field Marshals von Brauchitsch and von Manstein.
USA: Re-establishes diplomatic relations with Finland.
Merchant shipping losses in August 1945: 0 Allied ships with 0 tons in Atlantic, 1 Allied ship with 36 tons elsewhere.
48 Japanese ships with 99,094 tons in Pacific.