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21st August 1945

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Events On This Day

Eleventh Air Force. 2 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers are prevented by cloud cover from taking photos of Soviet occupation of Kurils. 4 others abort a photo mission to Paramushiru and Shimushu due to weather.

In the United States of America. President Truman orders the supply of lend lease aid to stop immediately.

In London. The Labour government announces its intention to nationalise the Bank of England.

In China. Soviet forces have occupied nearly all of Manchuria. Troops of the Japanese Kwantung Army are surrendering at a rate of 100,000 per day. The Soviet ground forces continues to advance and seize territory.

In Japan. Japan appeals to Kamikaze pilots to cease operations. A joint statement by the Japanese Imperial headquarters and the government instructs the general public in Japan to go about its business calmly and, according to the official news agency, authorities have forbidden fraternisation saying there will be no direct contact between the general public and the Allied landing forces.

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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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