Monty is reported to be back in Britain
in order to take command of the British contingent of the Allied
Eisenhower takes up his
post as C-in-C Allied Expeditionary Forces in Britain.
Eisenhower sets up the
SHAEF HQ in Britain.
British civilian casualties now total
50,324 dead, with military deaths at 50,103.
Oswald Job, a British
subject, is hanged for spying at Pentonville Prison.
The Foreign Office bans
all coded messages from foreign embassies and says that diplomatic
bags are to be censored. Only the fighting allies are to be
excluded from the ban.
All overseas travel is banned in Britain.
Both the Canadian and New Zealand
Prime Ministers arrive in London for the Imperial Conference.
The South African and Rhodesian Prime
Ministers arrive for the imperial Conference.
Curtin, the Australian Prime Minister
arrives in London.
The Imperial Conference
opens in London. A military mission from Tito arrives in London,
his 60,000-strong army is now the recognised force in Yugoslavia.
Eden tells the House of Commons that
47 RAF officers were shot while ‘escaping’ from
Stalag Luft III.
Prime Minister Winston Churchill takes
to the floor of the House of Commons to announce that Spain
will not be a target in the forthcoming Allied invasion of
mainland Europe and Spain's internal affairs are no business
of the Allies. He expresses the hope that a post-war Francoist
Spain will be "a strong influence for the peace of the
Mediterranean after the war."
The Guards Chapel, across the street
from Buckingham Palace, is struck by a V-1 "buzz bomb" in
the midst of Sunday morning services. One hundred and nineteen
soldiers and civilians are killed.
Eden tells the Commons
' the facts' about the killing of 50 ‘escaping’ RAF
officers at Stalag Luft III, saying 'These prisoners of war
Beginning of the Bretton
Woods Conference convened to deal with post-war financial and
economic problems. The establishment of the International Monetary
Fund for Reconstruction and Development is announced.
The British government
announces that Gen. Bernard L. Montgomery has been appointed
field marshal. While nominally a promotion, the new rank is
meant to salve the blow to Montgomery’s pride at being
superseded by Eisenhower as commander of the land battle in
A National Day of Prayer is declared
in Britain on fifth anniversary of outbreak of war. British
Empire casualties are revealed as 242,995 killed, 80,603 missing,
311,500 wounded and 290,381 captured.
Rejoicing in the streets of Dover
at the announcement that the last of the German cross-channel
guns, which have pounded the southeast coast of Britain for
three years, have been silenced.
Britain's Home Guard, the civilian
force assigned to the defence of Britain in the event of German
invasion, is stood down after five years. King George VI declares
the "You have fulfilled your charge,".
The British announce
a call-up of 250,000 troops ‘to sustain and nourish our
armies in the line’.