20 April – Today in German History


  • Adolf Hitler was born.


  • Pierre Laval, the premier of Vichy France, in a radio broadcast, establishes a policy of “true reconciliation with Germany.” 


  • Turkey stopped exporting chrome to Germany. On August 2, Turkey ended all relations with the Nazis.
Soviet artillery outside Berlin, the first shells hit central Berlin on 20th April.


  • Soviet troops began their attack on Berlin due to this date being Adolf Hitler’s 56th birthday.
  • Allied bombers in Italy begin a three-day attack on the bridges over the rivers the Adige and Brenta to cut off German lines of retreat on the peninsula. Meanwhile,
  • Allied forces took control of the German cities of Nuremberg and Stuttgart.

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