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Today in World War II History—November 14, 1939 & 1944

Infantry-Tank Team of French 5th Armored Division, France, late 1944 (US Army Center of Military History)

80 Years Ago—November 14, 1939: In Lagunillas, Venezuela, an oil refinery fire kills 500 and destroys the town. 75 Years Ago—Nov. 14, 1944: British Air Chief Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory dies in a plane crash in the French Alps, on his way to assume command in Southeast Asia. French First Army opens assault toward Belfort… Read more »

Today in World War II History—November 13, 1944

Soldiers of the “Lost Battalion,” US Seventh Army, France, late 1944 (US Army Center of Military History)

75 Years Ago—November 13, 1944: In the Vosges Mountains in France, US Seventh Army launches offensive on German Siegfried Line. Harvey premieres on Broadway.

Today in World War II History—November 12, 1939 & 1944

Fleet Air Arm attack on the German battleship Tirpitz at Alta Fjord, Norway, 3 April 1944 (Imperial War Museum: A 22633)

80 Years Ago—November 12, 1939: Germany begins strict point-based clothing rationing, with no clothing ration cards issued to Jews. 75 Years Ago—Nov. 12, 1944: British Lancaster bombers sink German battleship Tirpitz in Tromsø Fjord, Norway; 902 killed.

Today in World War II History—November 11, 1939 & 1944

Badge of First Brazilian Fighter Group, WWII

80 Years Ago—November 11, 1939: Queen Elizabeth calls on British women to participate in the war effort. Movie premiere of historical drama The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, starring Bette Davis & Errol Flynn. 75 Years Ago—Nov. 11, 1944: In Italy, First Brazilian Fighter Group begins operations with US Twelfth Air Force in P-47… Read more »

Today in World War II History—November 10, 1939 & 1944

Americans destroy Hengyang Airfield in China as Japanese advance, June 1944 (US Army Air Force photo)

80 Years Ago—November 10, 1939: “The Venlo Incident”—Germans kidnap two British agents in Dutch town of Venlo to accuse them of the previous day’s assassination attempt on Hitler. 75 Years Ago—Nov. 10, 1944: Japanese take US Fourteenth Air Force air bases at Kweilin and Liuchow in their drive through southern China.

Today in World War II History—November 9, 1939 & 1944

SS Red Oak Victory at Rosie the Riveter National Park, Richmond, CA, May 2014 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

80 Years Ago—November 9, 1939: Adolf Hitler survives assassination attempt at the anniversary of the Beer Hall Putsch in Munich; bomb planted by communist Georg Elser. Nobel Prize for physics is awarded to Ernest Lawrence for the cyclotron. Movie premiere of Ninotchka, Greta Garbo’s first comedy. 75 Years Ago—Nov. 9, 1944: Nobel Peace Prize is… Read more »

Today in World War II History—November 8, 1939 & 1944

Map of the Battle of the Scheldt (US Army Center of Military History)

80 Years Ago—November 8, 1939: Finland refuses Soviet demand for territory. 75 Years Ago—Nov. 8, 1944: Canadians secure Walcheren and the Scheldt Estuary to protect port of Antwerp, Belgium. US Third Army begins offensive against Siegfried line toward Metz, France. 761st Tank Battalion, the first African-American tank unit, enters combat with US Third Army. After… Read more »

Today in World War II History—November 7, 1944

Thomas Dewey & Franklin D. Roosevelt (both images Library of Congress)

75 Years Ago—November 7, 1944: US President Franklin D. Roosevelt is elected for a fourth term, defeating Thomas Dewey. British Eighth Army opens drive for Forli, Italy. Japanese execute Soviet spy Richard Sorge.

Today in World War II History—November 6, 1939 & 1944

US merchant ship City of Flint, 7 July 1940 (City of Vancouver archives: CVA 447-4009)

80 Years Ago—November 6, 1939: Nazi-captured US freighter City of Flint is returned to her American crew by Norway. 75 Years Ago—Nov. 6, 1944: In central Burma, British and Chinese troops drive toward Mandalay. Yugoslavian partisans take Monastir, Yugoslavia, securing entire border with Greece.

Today in World War II History—November 5, 1939 & 1944

Japanese heavy cruiser Nachi under aerial attack, Manila Bay, Philippine Islands, 5 Nov 1944 (US National Archives: 80-G-287018)

80 Years Ago—November 5, 1939: Plot by senior German officers under Gen. Franz Halder to arrest or kill Hitler collapses; the officers are appalled at Hitler’s decision to invade Belgium, the Netherlands, and France. 75 Years Ago—Nov. 5, 1944: US B-29s bomb Japanese-occupied Singapore for the first time. US Navy Task Force 38 carrier aircraft… Read more »