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Today in World War II History—April 15, 1940 & 1945

Women and children, former inmates of Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp, after liberation, Germany, 17-18 Apr 1945 (Imperial War Museum: BU3805)

Women and children, former inmates of Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp, after liberation, Germany, 17-18 Apr 1945 (Imperial War Museum: BU3805)

80 Years Ago—April 15, 1940: Germans appoint a council to run the Norwegian government.

Off Narvik, Norway, British destroyers Brazen and Fearless sink German submarine U-49; documents about the Enigma machine float to the surface and are captured by the British.

75 Years Ago—Apr. 15, 1945: In Germany, British liberate Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

US Eighth Air Force B-17 & B-24 heavy bombers hit German strongpoints in Royan, France, with the Eighth Air Force’s only use of napalm during the war.