Today in World War II History—April 18, 1940 & 1945
80 Years Ago—April 18, 1940: British troops land at Åndalsnes, Norway.
Gone with the Wind premieres in London’s blacked-out cinemas.
75 Years Ago—Apr. 18, 1945: US First Army closes the Ruhr pocket in Germany and takes 325,000 prisoners.
Canadians reach the Zuider Zee, cutting off German 25th Army in the Netherlands.
US Third Army crosses the Czechoslovakian border.
American correspondent Ernie Pyle is killed by a Japanese sniper on the island of Ie Shima.