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Churchill inspects men of the London Home Guard, well turned out and equipped by 1942.
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13/01/1942 The allied conference in London pledges to punish axis war criminals after victory.
 
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24/02/1942 Parliament begins a two day debate on the conduct of the war.
25/02/1942
The debate in the House of Commons comes to a close with many speakers being sharply critical of government policy, with the bombing of Germany being called in to question.
 
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18/03/1942 Lord Mountbatten is appointed Chief of Combined Operations.
26/03/1942 Churchill tells the conservatives, ‘It now seems very likely that we and our allies cannot lose this war, except through our own fault’.
 
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08/04/1942 A US delegation led by special presidential advisor Harry L. Hopkins and joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General George C. Marshall arrive in Britain to discuss US and British strategy on the Second Front. The proposal they brought from Roosevelt, was for major landings on the French coast in the summer of 1943, with Antwerp as the initial objective, and for a similar but smaller operation in 1942 to take advantage of a sudden German disintegration or to stave off an imminent Russian collapse.
23/04/1942 In a secret session of the House of Commons, Churchill delivers a speech declaring that the liberation of Europe was 'the main war plan' of Britain and the USA.
 
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13/05/1942 The British Chiefs of staff approve a major raid against the French port of Dieppe. Initially code-named 'Rutter', the plan had been under consideration since March by Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten, Chief of Combined Operations, who wanting to explore the problems of an opposed landing on the French coast.
23/05/1942 The British C-in-C of the Home Forces orders an end to ‘blood-lust inculcation’ in battle training.
26/05/1942 Britain and Russia sign a treaty in London. Each county pledges itself to fight Germany until final victory and not make a separate peace. The also agreed a 20-year alliance, not to join any coalition or treaty directed against one of them, and not to interfere with the other states internal affairs.
 
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11/06/1942 A rehearsal for the raid against Dieppe operation 'Rutter' is held. General Bernard Montgomery's South-Eastern Army was tasked with mounting the attack and he had selected the 2nd Canadian Division for the job. It was to make a frontal assault on the town with airborne troops neutralizing the batteries on the headlands each side of the port.
25/06/1942 General Dwight D. Eisenhower is appointed to command US forces in the European Theatre.
 
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01/07/1942 General Montgomery informs General Paget, C-in-C of British Home Forces that operation 'Rutter' would be mounted on the 4th July.
02/07/1942 A motion of No Confidence in the government is debated by the House of Commons, but Churchill easily defeats this by 475 votes to 25.
04/07/1942 Bad weather delays operation 'Rutter', which is now scheduled for the 7th July.
07/07/1942 Operation 'Rutter' is again delayed. The date for the attack is now postponed until the 19th August. However, General Montgomery calls for the attack to be cancelled because too many people know about it, but General Paget and Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten and General Paget insist the attack should be mounted. Two pro-German spies, Jose Key and Alphons Timmerman are hanged at Wandsworth prison.
08/07/1942 Churchill urges President Roosevelt to agree to operation 'Gymnast' as the best offensive option for 1942. THE british had concluded that operation 'Sledgehammer' would merely detract from operation 'Round Up' and that operation 'Jupiter' was not feasible, although Churchill still wanted it.
 
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08/08/1942 The commander of US ground forces, Eisenhower establishes a HQ in the UK.
 
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04/10/1942 A Commando raid on occupied Sark, in Channel Islands capture's one German soldier.
21/10/1942 The South Africa Premier, Field-Marshal Smuts, makes a historic speech to both Houses of Parliament saying, ‘The stage is set for the last, for the offensive’.
22/10/1942 A Royal Proclamation is signed that reduces the British call-up age to 18.
23/10/1942 Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt arrives in London for a three-week visit as guest of the King.
 
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