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Diary May 26, 1944


Japanese machine gun troop
Japanese machine gun troop in the early morning light in an abandoned building. Noteworthy is the BAR M1918A1 Browning Automatic Rifle in the foreground, which was captured from National Chinese troops.
WW2 War Diary for Friday, May 26, 1944:

Far East

China: MAJOR JAPANESE OFFENSIVE AGAINST US AIR BASES in the Southeast (Operation Ichigo): 620,000 troops, divided between 11th and 23rd Armies, drive from Hankow and Canton.

Mediterranean

Italy: Canadians reach river Liri.

Sea War

Atlantic: U-boat U-541 stops Portuguese liner Serpa Pinto, carrying Jewish refugees to Canada. 2 US citizens taken off and 385 others aboard ordered into lifeboats; 9 hours later (after U-541 has radioed HQ) they are allowed back on board (3 die including 16-month old baby).

Occupied Territories

France: Resistance bombs hydroelectric station supplying Tulle Arsenal, guarded by 40 German soldiers.

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