21 Sep 1944
  • In the morning, troops of Greek 3rd Mountain Brigade captured Rimini, Italy, which had been evacuated by the Germans overnight, and raised a Greek flag on the balcony of the municipal building; the mayor officially surrendered the city at 0745 hours. US 85th Division captured Firenzuola, Italy. Indian 4th Division withdrew from San Marino. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH, CPC]
  • German Armeegruppe E evacuated the Peloponnese Peninsula in Greece. ww2dbase [TH]
  • US 83rd Infantry Division became part of the Third Army of US 12th Army Group. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The second authorized special attack was conducted by three Japanese Army aircraft. ww2dbase [CPC]
Australia
  • USS Permit departed Brisbane, Australia, starting her fourtheenth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
France
  • George Patton traveled to Paris, France to meet with Dwight Eisenhower over lunch. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Netherlands
  • Men of Polish 1st Independent Parachute Brigade landed between Arnhem and Nijmegen in the Netherlands as British airborne troops in Arnhem were becoming overwhelmed. Nearby, Schijndel was captured by the Allies. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH, CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Alabama escorted US carriers as carrier aircraft began attacking Japanese positions in the Manila Bay area in the Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Romania
  • Josip Broz Tito arrived in Romania. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • No. 3 Squadron RAF was transferred out of RAF Newchurch in southern England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 21 Sep 1944
PBM Mariner aircraft of Flight Lieutenant Fox, No. 41 Squadron RAAF, in flight from Townsville, Australia to Port Moresby, New Guinea, 21 Sep 194417-pdr anti-tank gun of the 21st Anti-Tank Regiment, British Guards Armoured Division, guarding the approaches to Nijmegen Bridge, the Netherlands, 21 Sep 1944Bedford MWD trucks and other vehicles of the 4th Wiltshire Regiment, British 43rd Division, Valkenswaard, the Netherlands, 21 Sep 1944British engineers removing German demolition charges from the bridge at Nijmegen, the Netherlands, 21 Sep 1944

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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