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1944 Newspaper Headlines

Discover which 1944 historical events made it into the headlines of Britain’s newspapers. The Soviet offensive was gathering pace in Europe as World War II continued to ravage the continent and the rest of the world. In France, Operation Overlord (D-Day) commenced with the landing of 155,000 allied troops on the beaches of Normandy. This would become one of the most infamous battles of World War II. The Siege of Leningrad was finally broken after 872 days of prolonged military blockade. In Britain, London was hit by a V2 rocket for the first time, and in Germany, an Adolf Hitler assassination attempt fails. Read about these exciting 1944 events and much more in one of our authentic 1944 newspapers revealing what happened as it happened at the time. Gain a deeper insight into the effects of the devastating war on the public.

DateEvent
15th January 1944An earthquake hits San Juan in Argentina, destroying a large part of the city and killing an estimated 10,000 people. It is the worst natural disaster in Argentina's history.
20th January 1944The Royal Air Force drops 2,300 tons of bombs on Berlin.
20th March 1944RAF Flight Sergeant Nicholas Alkemade's bomber is hit over Germany, and he has to bail out without a parachute from a height of over 4,000 metres. Tree branches interrupt his fall and he lands safely on deep snow.
4th June 1944Rome falls to the Allies; the first Axis capital to fall in the Second World War.
5th June 1944More than 1,000 British bombers drop 5,000 tons of explosives on German gun batteries on the Normandy coast in preparation for ‘Operation Overlord‘.
6th June 1944The Battle of Normandy: ‘Operation Overlord‘, code named D-Day, commences with the landing of 155,000 Allied troops on the beaches of Normandy in France. The Allied soldiers quickly break through the Atlantic Wall and push inland. This operation helps liberate France from Germany and also weakens the Nazi hold on Europe.
17th June 1944Iceland declares full independence from Denmark.
1st August 1944The Warsaw Uprising begins. The Polish Home Army attempts to liberate Warsaw from Nazi-German occupation during the Second World War. Polish forces hold their own against German opposition for sixty-three days, but are then forced to surrender.
4th August 1944A tip from a Dutch informant leads the Gestapo to a sealed-off area in an Amsterdam warehouse, where they find and capture Jewish diarist Annelies Marie “Anne” Frank and her family. They are transported to a German concentration Camp, as part of the Holocaust.
12th August 1944The Allies seize control of Florence in Italy.
24th August 1944The Allies liberate Paris in the last battle of the campaign for Normandy, successfully completing ‘Operation Overlord‘.
2nd September 1944Diarist Annelies Marie “Anne” Frank and her family are placed on the last transport train from Westerbork to Auschwitz, arriving three days later.
3rd September 1944The Allies liberate Brussels during the Second World War.
9th October 1944Winston Churchill and Soviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin begin a nine-day conference in Moscow to discuss the future of Europe.
21st October 1944Aachen becomes the first German city to fall in the Second World War. It is captured by American troops.
30th October 1944Annelies Marie “Anne” Frank and sister Margot Frank are deported from Auschwitz to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. They would both die here the following year.
7th November 1944Franklin D. Roosevelt wins the 1944 Presidential election over Republican challenger, Thomas E. Dewey. In the process, Roosevelt becomes the only U.S. president elected to a fourth term.
15th December 1944A private aeroplane, carrying American jazz musician and band leader Glenn Miller, disappears in heavy fog over the English Channel while flying to Paris. No trace of the plane, crew or passengers is ever found.
31st December 1944Hungary declares war on Germany.
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