April 20, 1945 : Operation Corncob is launched while Hitler celebrates his birthday

Introduction

On this day in 1945, Allied bombers in Italy begin a three-day attack on the bridges over the rivers Adige and Brenta to cut off German lines of retreat on the peninsula. Meanwhile, Adolf Hitler celebrates his 56th birthday as a Gestapo reign of terror results in the hanging of 20 Russian prisoners of war and 20 Jewish children: Of these, at least nine are under the age of 12. All of the victims had been taken from Auschwitz to Neuengamme, the place of execution, for the purpose of medical experimentation.

Article Details:

April 20, 1945 : Operation Corncob is launched while Hitler celebrates his birthday

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    History.com Staff

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    History.com

  • Year Published

    2009

  • Title

    April 20, 1945 : Operation Corncob is launched while Hitler celebrates his birthday

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    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/operation-corncob-is-launched-while-hitler-celebrates-his-birthday

  • Access Date

    November 24, 2017

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    A+E Networks