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Today in World War II History—April 14, 1940 & 1945

Men of US 101st Infantry Regiment running past a burning fuel trailer in square of Kronach, Bayreuth, Germany, 14 Apr 1945 (US National Archives: 111-SC-206235)

Men of US 101st Infantry Regiment running past a burning fuel trailer in square of Kronach, Bayreuth, Germany, 14 Apr 1945 (US National Archives: 111-SC-206235)

80 Years Ago—April 14, 1940: In Norway, British and French troops land near Narvik and at Namsos to assist Norwegians against German invasion.

75 Years Ago—Apr. 14, 1945: US Fifth Army launches final offensive in Italy, toward the Po Valley.

US Third Army takes Bayreuth, Germany.

Zwolle in the Netherlands is liberated singlehandedly by Canadian Private Léo Major on a reconnaissance mission.