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Today in World War II History—20 May 1944

Men of 163rd Infantry Regiment hit the beach from Higgins boats during the invasion of Wakde Island, New Guinea, 18 May 1944 (US National Archives)

Men of 163rd Infantry Regiment hit the beach from Higgins boats during the invasion of Wakde Island, New Guinea, 18 May 1944 (US National Archives)

75 Years Ago—20 May 1944: US troops secure Wakde Island off New Guinea.

Iceland holds referendum: 99.5% will vote to sever ties with Denmark and establish a new republic.

Polish resistance captures an intact German V-2 rocket and will ship the parts to England in July.