18 May 1939

  • Clifton Cates was made the executive officer of the 4th Marine Regiment. ww2dbase [Clifton Cates | Shanghai | CPC]
  • A degree from Adolf Hitler permitted Heinrich Himmler to call up older men on the outbreak of war to replace the permanent units of concentration camp guards. This would allow the younger men to be drafted into the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Regiments of a new SS Division, to be called Totenkopf. ww2dbase [Heinrich Himmler | AC]

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