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17th April 1941

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Events On This Day

Day attack on Cherbourg and enemy merchant shipping. Severest night raid yet made on Berlin, new heavy bombs being used. Attacks on Rotterdam, Cologne and elsewhere.

The war against Italy, British patrols engaged in hard fighting near Tobruk and Sollum. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) attacked Derna and continued, to harass enemy transport. In Abyssinia British forces were in contact with enemy 14 miles south of Dessie. Troops advancing south and South West of Addis Ababa and north from Negelli and Yavello.

Luftwaffe bombs fell on town in northeast Scotland. Portsmouth heavily raided at night. Three Luftwaffe bombers destroyed,

In the Balkans, Allies holding firm against increased Wehrmacht pressure. Many successful counter-attacks. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) ceaselessly attacked enemy supply lines. Germany stated Yugoslavia had capitulated. Greeks evacuating positions in Albania.

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Holborn Viaduct Picture

Holborn Viaduct, one of Londons most famous thorough fares, is now to be seen very much as it was when it was built between 1867 and 1869, since the demolitions and clearances made necessary by the Luftwaffe bombing of last spring on 16-17 April 1941, have revealed the great arches on which it rests. Prominent in the photograph is the gutted City Temple, the Cathedral of Nonconformity as it has been called next it is the shell of St. Andrew's, Holborn while in the foreground is the debris of the buildings on the north side of the Viaduct, east of Hatton Garden.
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The Second Great War.
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The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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