1939
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signs the National Defense Act, which authorizes a $300 million budget and 6,000 airplanes for the Army Air Corps and increases AAC personnel to 3,203 officers and 45,000 enlisted personnel.
1940
Hallifax writes in his diary that Mussolini is “more bark than bite.”
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1933
Assassination attempt on Hitler. Karl Lutter tries to blow up Hitler, but betrayal thwarts the attempt. The first Nazi Concentration Camp opens in Oranienburg, outside of Berin.
1938
Nazi Germany takes Austria. Munich Conference. Nevile Chamberlain appeasement.
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1933
Assassination attempt on Hitler. Ludwich Assner, ex-Nazi, sends Hitler a poisoned letter.

1941
Erwin Rommel appointed commander of the Africa Corps.

1942
B-25s take off from Hornet in a test for the bombing of Japan. Japanese troops land on Singapore Island.
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1936
First thirteen B-17s are ordered.

1937
FDR is inaugurated as U.S. President.

1941
FDR sends Churchill a letter in which he quotes Longfellow from “Ship of State,” indicating that he supports Churchill in the war effort.
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1939
First flight of the B-24 bomber takes place.

1940
President Roosevelt quoted saying, “the Axis not merely admits, but proclaims that there can be no ultimate peace between their philosophy of government and our philosophy of government.”
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