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  1. Mar 14, 2021 · Early in the 10th century, Christchurch was made a burgh or fortified settlement. (Alfred the Great created a network of fortified towns across his kingdom called burghs). Christchurch was defended by the sea on one side and by two rivers, the Stour and the Avon on the other two sides.

  2. Mar 19, 2023 · Finally, at 12:40 pm on August 31, 1939, Hitler ordered hostilities against Poland to start at 4:45 the next morning. The invasion began as ordered. In response, Great Britain and France declared war on Germany on September 3, at 11:00 am and at 5:00 pm, respectively. World War II had begun.

  3. American Soldiers Arrive in the United Kingdom 1942 Soldiers of the US Army’s 34th Infantry Division, the “Red Bull” Division, landed in Belfast, Northern Ireland on January 26, 1942. January 28, 2022 On January 26, the first influx of American troops arrived in the British Isles during World War II.

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  5. Christchurch Airfield was a civil airfield that started operation from 1926, enlarged for wartime operations in 1941, Christchurch was used during World War II by the Royal Air Force and the United States Army Air Forces Ninth Air Force. It returned to civilian flying postwar before being taken over by what became British Aerospace to ...

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  6. In World War II, the airfield became RAF Christchurch. The Air Defence Research and Development Establishment was built at the northeastern end of the airfield, and in May 1940, the RAF Special Duties Flight, operating an assortment of aircraft arrived to take part in the experiments with radar.

  7. The timelines below present the major events of each year of World War II, from the German invasion of Poland in 1939 to the evacuation from Dunkirk in 1940, and on through the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour in 1941, followed by Montgomery’s famous victory at El Alamein in 1942, and onto the Allied landings at Salerno in Italy in 1943, the ...

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