April 3 is the ninety-sixth day of the year. In WWII, several important events happened, along with some that happened before the war, but still had a large impact.


Vladimir Lenin thought that Jospeh Stalin was a loyal ally, and when he got into trouble with several politicians, it was decided that Stalin would gain more power. Lev Kamenev, with the help of Lenin, appointed Stalin as General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Soviet Communist Party.


Adolf Hitler orders the German military to prepare for Fall Weiss, a nickname for the first invasion to be planned on Poland, on August 25, but was later moved to September 1, the official start of the war.


Normandy replaces Poland as the headquarters for the Ministerial Defence Comittee.


An Axis government was formed in Iraq.

Also, Bristol, England, suffered its second heavy air attack by Axis soldiers.

Third, British troops finally destroyed the Italian armies that were holding Asmara, the capital of Eritrea.

Finally, Lietunant-General Erwin Rommel of the Axis captures Benghazi, Libya.


Racial tensions between US Maines and New Zealand troops from Māori, cause the Battle of Manners Street, a small riot outside of a New Zealand bar, in which no one was killed, but dozens were injured.


Allied bombers bomb Budapest, Hungary, and Bucharest, Romania, both occupied by Germans, before the Red Army.