A German firing squad conducts a mock execution in an attempt to get the prisoner to talk.
Western Europe!
 
 
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01/01/1941 Hitler, in his New Year's order of the day to the German armed forces, promises "...completion, on the Western Front, of the greatest victory in our history...".
19/01/1941 Hitler and Mussolini meet at Berchtesgaden, with Mussolini accepting German military help in North Africa, but not Albania.
 
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06/02/1941
Hitler makes one last appeal to the Spanish leader, General Franco, to enter the war.
08/02/1941 Laval declines Petain’s offer of Cabinet seat in the Vichy Government.
09/02/1941 Admiral Darlan becomes Vichy Vice-Premier.
26/02/1941 Franco, in response to Hitler's appeal to enter the war, says ‘I stand today already at your side, entirely and decidedly at your disposal,' but refuses to enter the war.
28/02/1941 Vichy France reduces bread ration from 350g to 280g.
 
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14/05/1941 Admiral Darlan reports back to Vichy after meeting Hitler and von Ribbentrop. Vichy Cabinet approves German concessions and French counter-concessions unanimously.
19/05/1941 Vichy France announces release and repatriation of 100,000 French POWs.
21/05/1941 Vichy military court sentences 56 NCO’s and privates, siding with de Gaulle to death or hard labour in absentia. All property of free French fighters is to be confiscated.
 
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03/06/1941 Ex-Kaiser Wilhelm II, dies in exile in Holland.
19/06/1941 Germany and Italy expel US consular officials in retaliation for similar American moves.
29/06/1941 Goering is named Hitler’s successor.
30/06/1941 Vichy France breaks off diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union.
 
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14/07/1941 Believing the campaign in the East soon to be concluded in Germany's favour, Hitler orders the German war industry to shift production away from guns and armoured vehicles to U-boats and planes.
 
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05/08/1941 Vichy limits wine consumption to two litres per person per week.
21/08/1941 French resistance member Pierre "Fabien" Georges commits the first violent act of resistance against the Germans in Paris when he assassinates a German naval cadet in the Barches-Rochechouart Metro station. More than 150 Parisians would be shot by the Germans in reprisal.
26/08/1941 Pierre Laval is shot and wounded by Paul Colette who is arrested.
29/08/1941 Despite protests, Vichy parliament moves to holiday resort in the hills.
 
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15/09/1941 German soldiers attacked in the Champs Elysees in Paris.
24/09/1941 Tobacco ration in Paris reduced to four cigarettes per day for men and zero for women.
26/09/1941 The Free French government in London under General de Gaulle signs an alliance with the Soviet Union.
 
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22/10/1941 50 hostages shot in Nantes, France as reprisal for assassination of the German military commander. 50 more to die if the assassin isn't caught. German Major shot in Bordeaux 100 arrested, 50 shot immediately.
23/10/1941 De Gaulle meets French Resistance and asks to spare the innocent and bide their time.
 
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25/11/1941 Hitler takes time out from monitoring the assault on Moscow to meet with Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem in Berlin. While the Fuhrer refrains from giving an unqualified endorsement of Arab nationalist aims in the Middle East (he did not wish to upset Vichy France), the two agree on the need for the "destruction" of the "Jewish element."
 
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11/12/1941 In a speech before the Reichstag, Hitler, after denouncing the un-neutral and warlike anti-German policies of President Roosevelt and citing Germany's obligations under the Tri-Partite Pact with Japan and Italy, declares war on the United States. Italy follows suit some hours later.
20/12/1941 Propaganda Minister, Josef Goebbels broadcasts an appeal for winter clothing for the German troops on the eastern front.
 
 
 
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