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Today in World War II History—Aug. 28, 1943

Prince Simeon of Bulgaria, 1943 (Central State Archive, Sofia, Bulgaria)

Prince Simeon of Bulgaria, 1943 (Central State Archive, Sofia, Bulgaria)

75 Years Ago—Aug. 28, 1943: Bulgaria’s Tsar Boris III (age 49) dies of unknown reasons, possibly poisoned (he resisted fascists and protected Jews); succeeded by six-year-old Simeon II.

Danish government resigns; German Gen. Hermann von Hanneken takes control.

Today in World War II History—Aug. 27, 1943

Royal Air Force reconnaissance photograph of V-2 rocket test sites at Peenemünde, Germany, 12 June 1943 (British government photo)

Royal Air Force reconnaissance photograph of V-2 rocket test sites at Peenemünde, Germany, 12 June 1943 (British government photo)

75 Years Ago—Aug. 27, 1943: US Eighth Air Force flies its first mission to “Crossbow” sites—associated with testing, production, and launching of German V-1 & V-2 weapons.

British sloop HMS Egret is sunk by a German Hs 293 radio-controlled bomb in the Bay of Biscay, the first ship ever sunk by a guided bomb.

Movie premiere of Watch on the Rhine, starring Paul Lukas (who will win Oscar for best actor) & Bette Davis.

Today in World War II History—Aug. 26, 1943

Poster from the US 4th War Loan Drive, 1944

Poster from the US 4th War Loan Drive, 1944

75 Years Ago—Aug. 26, 1943: Germans occupy Alpine passes in Italy in anticipation of Italian surrender and German occupation.

Soviets launch offensive into eastern Ukraine over River Dnieper.

War Bond Jubilee Game held at Manhattan’s Polo Grounds, an exhibition baseball game between all-stars and GIs, in which Babe Ruth hits his last home run in a major league park; game raises $800 million in war bond sales.

Today in World War II History—Aug. 25, 1943

Maj. Gen. Lawton Collins and Maj. Charles Davis, New Georgia, Solomon Islands, 14 Aug 1943 (US Army photo)

Maj. Gen. Lawton Collins and Maj. Charles Davis, New Georgia, Solomon Islands, 14 Aug 1943 (US Army photo)

75 Years Ago—Aug. 25, 1943: US secures New Georgia in the Solomons after seizing Bairoko Harbor.

Allies begin air raids on France and Low Countries to make Germans suspect a Pas de Calais invasion and to draw Luftwaffe up into battle (Operation Starkey).

Germans impose 72-hour work week in occupied Holland.

Today in World War II History—Aug. 24, 1943

Adm. Lord Louis Mountbatten, Arakan Front, Burma, February 1944 (Imperial War Museum)

Adm. Lord Louis Mountbatten, Arakan Front, Burma, February 1944 (Imperial War Museum)

75 Years Ago—Aug. 24, 1943: Danish Resistance blows up Forum Hall in Copenhagen.

Southeast Asia Command authorized with Adm. Lord Louis Mountbatten as Supreme Allied Commander.

Today in World War II History—Aug. 23, 1943

Soviet Army engineers building a bridge across the Seversky Donets River, Belgorod, Russia, Aug 1943 (Russian International News Agency: 879)

Soviet Army engineers building a bridge across the Seversky Donets River, Belgorod, Russia, Aug 1943 (Russian International News Agency: 879)

75 Years Ago—Aug. 23, 1943: Soviets take Kharkov, the fourth and final time it changes hands; Germans lose Donets Basin industrial area.

Japanese aircraft bomb Chongqing, China for first time since 1941, also the last major attack on Chongqing.

True Heart Girls Devotional: God’s Promises for Me! by Sherry Kyle

True Heart Girls: God's Promises for Me! by Sherry Kyle

True Heart Girls: God’s Promises for Me! by Sherry Kyle

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True Heart Girls: God's Promises for Me! by Sherry Kyle

True Heart Girls: God’s Promises for Me! by Sherry Kyle

Today in World War II History—Aug. 22, 1943

Patches of the US Ninth and Twelfth Air Forces, WWII

Patches of the US Ninth and Twelfth Air Forces, WWII

75 Years Ago—Aug. 22, 1943: German Tenth Army activated in southern Italy under Gen. Heinrich von Vietinghoff.

In the Mediterranean, all fighter groups and medium bomb groups in US Ninth Air Force are transferred to the Twelfth Air Force (Ninth Air Force will transfer to England).

Today in World War II History—Aug. 21, 1943

US troops give the 'V' sign as their troopship, Athlone Castle, berths at Liverpool, 4 or 5 April 1944 (Imperial War Museum: H 37397)

US troops give the ‘V’ sign as their troopship, Athlone Castle, berths at Liverpool, 4 or 5 April 1944 (Imperial War Museum: H 37397)

75 Years Ago—Aug. 21, 1943: First “UT” convoy sails from New York, heavily escorted convoys carrying troops to England in build-up for Operation Overlord (D-day).