Diary May 8, 1944

tanks prepared for invasion

Unmissable masses of tanks and other equipment are provided in Britain for the invasion.

WW2 War Diary for Monday, May 8, 1944:

Western Front

Britain: Eisenhower selects June 5 as ‘D-Day’ for Normandy invasion.

Sea War

Black Sea: Second phase evacuation of Axis forces from Crimea (May 8-13); Soviet forces sink 19 vessels (8,100 men drowned). Since April 12, 130,000 troops have left by sea and 21,457 by air.

Home Fronts

Britain: Death of Dame Ethel Smyth, composer and suffragette; aged 86.
USA: Senate extends Lend-Lease to June 1945.

Occupied Territories

Hungary: Eichmann offers to barter the lives of Hungarian Jews for 10,000 trucks, 2 millions cases of soap and other goods. This offer is transmitted to Western Allies by Joel Brand, member of Vaadat Ezra v’Hazalah (Jewish Assistance and Rescue Committee). Allies indignantly reject this outrageous proposal.

Air War

Germany: 500 USAAF bombers attacking Berlin and 300 USAAF bombers Brunswick.

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