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1931 — , October 5

  • CBI - China: Day 18 of 154 of the Japanese Invasion of Manchuria.

1936 — , October 5

  • Spain: Day 81 of 985 of the Spanish Civil War.

1937 — , October 5

  • Spain: Day 446 of 985 of the Spanish Civil War.
  • CBI - China: Day 91 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
    • Day 54 of 106 of the 2nd Battle of Shanghai.
    • Day 35 of 70 of the Battle of Taiyuan.

1938 — , October 5

  • Germany: German Law requires Jewish passports to be stamped with a large red J.
  • Spain: Day 811 of 985 of the Spanish Civil War.
  • CBI - China: Day 456 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
    • Day 117 of 139 of the Battle of Wuhan.

1939 — , October 5

  • Poland: Day 35 of 36 of Germany's Invasion of Poland. Hitler enters Warsaw in triumph.
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    A triumphant Hitler reviews his troops Warsaw

    Everything had gone Hitler's way.

    Nazi propaganda convinced the average German that this was a defensive war brought on by Polish aggression. With blitzkrieg coming from the west and the Soviet Union invading from the east, Poland's defenses fell apart quickly.

    Illusions of the Allies rushing in to their aid were dashed as it became apparent that Britain and France were in no position to do anything more than talk. The swiftness with which victory came meant a minimum of casualties, which pleased German citizens and soldiers alike.

    All Hitler had to do now was to convince the Allies to back off.

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  • Poland: Day 19 of 20 of the USSR's Invasion of Poland. The Soviets force a treaty on Latvia that allows the Soviet Navy to establish bases in her Baltic harbors.
  • CBI - China: Day 821 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
    • Day 23 of 26 of the 1st Battle of Changsha. Results in a Chinese victory.

1940 — , October 5

  • ETO - UK: Day 30 of 258 of the Blitz.
  • ETO - UK: Day 88 of 114 of the Battle of Britain.
  • East Africa: Day 118 of 537 of Italy's East African campaign in the lands south of Egypt.
  • CBI - China: Day 1,187 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
    • Day 326 of 381 of the Battle of South Guangxi.
  • CBI - Thailand: Day 5 of 221 of the Franco-Thai War (Vichy France vs Thailand).

1941 — , October 5

  • Russian Front - Finland: Day 99 of 142 of Operation SILVER FOX, a joint German-Finnish campaign to capture the Russian port of Murmansk in the Arctic.
  • Russian Front - Finland: Day 97 of 140 of Operation ARCTIC FOX, a joint German-Finnish campaign against Soviet Northern Front defenses at Salla, Finland.
  • Russian Front - Finland: Day 106 of 164 of the Battle of Hanko. The Soviets will be forced off their leased naval base.
  • Russian Front: Day 106 of 167 of Germany's Operation BARBAROSSA.
  • Russian Front - North: Day 28 of 872 of the Siege of Leningrad.
  • Russian Front - Center: Day 4 of 98 of the Battle of Moscow.
  • Russian Front - South: Day 59 of 70 of the Siege of Odessa, Ukraine.
  • Russian Front - South: Day 10 of 12 of the Battle of the Sea of Azov (north of Black Sea). Panzer Group 1 reaches the Sea of Azov.
  • MTO - Libya: Day 179 of 256 of the Siege of Tobruk.
  • East Africa: Day 483 of 537 of Italy's East African campaign in the lands south of Egypt.
  • CBI - China: Day 1,552 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
    • Day 30 of 33 of the 2nd Battle of Changsha.

1942 — , October 5

  • ETO - Germany: Himmler orders all Jews in concentration camps in Germany to be sent to Auschwitz and Majdanek. A German eyewitness observes a mass murder by the SS.
  • Russian Front - North: Day 393 of 872 of the Siege of Leningrad.
  • Russian Front - North: Day 154 of 658 of the Siege of the Kholm Pocket, USSR lays siege to the Kholm Pocket but the Germans hold out for a about a year and a half.
  • Russian Front - South: Day 100 of 150 of Germany's CASE BLUE, the failed offensive to take the Caucasus oil fields.
  • Russian Front - South: Day 44 of 165 of the Battle of Stalingrad, bloodiest battle in human history.
  • East Africa: Day 154 of 186 of the Battle of Madagascar.
  • CBI - China: Day 1,917 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
  • PTO - Alaska: Day 121 of 435 of the Battle of Kiska, Aleutian Islands. The US and Canada will defeat the Japanese invaders.
  • PTO - Malaya: Day 229 of 357 of the Battle of Timor Island, a long guerrilla war ending in Japanese victory.
  • PTO - New Guinea: Day 77 of 119 of the Battle of the Kokoda Track. The Australians continue pushing back the Japanese troops.
  • PTO - Solomon Islands: Day 60 of 187 of the Battle of Guadalcanal.

1943 — , October 5

  • Russian Front - North: Day 758 of 872 of the Siege of Leningrad.
  • Russian Front - North: Day 519 of 658 of the Siege of the Kholm Pocket. USSR lays siege to the Kholm Pocket but the Germans hold out for a about a year and a half.
  • Russian Front - North: Day 10 of 15 of the USSR Kremenchug Offensive into Estonia.
  • Russian Front - South: Day 43 of 122 of the Battle of the Lower Dnieper River, USSR.
  • MTO - France: German troops complete their evacuation of the island of Corsica.
  • MTO - Italy: The RAF and US 12th Air Force provides air support for Allied ground troops.
  • CBI - China: Day 2,282 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
  • PTO - Marshall Islands: A US Navy Task Force makes the first of two raids against Wake Island. 61 Japanese aircraft are reported as destroyed. Lt Edward "Butch" O'Hare, America's first fighter Ace of the war, first naval recipient of the Medal of Honor and recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross, will be awarded a Gold Star in lieu of a second DFC for his actions this day.
  • PTO - New Guinea: Day 17 of 219 of the Battle of Shaggy Ridge.
  • PTO - New Guinea: Day 14 of 162 of the Battle of the Huon Peninsula. Will result in an Allied victory.
  • PTO - Solomon Islands: Day 52 of 56 of the Battle of Vella Lavella.

1944 — , October 5

  • ETO - France: Day 66 of 284 of the Battle of Brittany.
  • ETO - Belgium: Day 34 of 62 of the liberation of Belgium. The Canadians enter the Netherlands.
  • ETO - Belgium: Day 4 of 38 of the Battle of the Scheldt Estuary.
  • ETO - France: Day 21 of 236 of the Siege of Dunkirk.
  • ETO - Germany: Day 17 of 145 of the Battle of Hürtgen Forest.
  • ETO - Germany: US 8th Air Force: Over a thousand B-17s and B-24s drop bombs on targets throughout Germany.
  • Russian Front - Finland: Day 21 of 223 of the Lapland War. Finland and Russia have joined forces to kick the Germans out of Finland's most northern province.
  • Russian Front - North: Day 22 of 41 of the Battle of Riga, Latvia.
  • Russian Front - Center: Day 22 of 72 of the Battle into East Prussia and northern Poland.
  • Russian Front - Center: Day 1 of 18 of the Battle of Memel, a border town of Lithuania and East Prussia. The Soviets will fail to take it, so it will turn into a siege lasting until the end of the war.
  • Russian Front - South: Day 22 of 72 of the Battle of Belgrade, Yugoslavia.
  • MTO - Italy: US 12th Air Force A-20s bomb near Bologna and the Arno River Valley.
  • CBI - Burma: Day 188 of 302 of the Chinese Salween Offensive in Burma.
  • CBI - China: Day 2,648 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
    • Day 172 of 259 of Japan's Operation ICHI-GO.
  • PTO - New Guinea: Day 296 of 597 of the Battle of New Britain.
  • PTO - New Guinea: Day 167 of 481 of the Battle of Western New Guinea.
  • PTO - Palau Islands: Day 21 of 74 of the Battle of Peleliu (Operation STALEMATE II).
  • PTO - Palau Islands: Day 19 of 36 of the Battle of Angaur.

Day-By-Day listings for October 5 were last modified on Tuesday, February 2, 2016
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