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Today in World War II History—April 19, 1940 & 1945

US Army soldiers crossing the Machinato Inlet on foot bridge, Okinawa, 19 Apr 1945 (US Army photo)

US Army soldiers crossing the Machinato Inlet on foot bridge, Okinawa, 19 Apr 1945 (US Army photo)

80 Years Ago—April 19, 1940: First clash between British and German troops in Norway, at Verdal, north of Trondheim.

Former British ambassador to Germany Sir Nevile Henderson’s nonfiction book Failure of a Mission: Berlin 1937-1939 is published.

75 Years Ago—Apr. 19, 1945: US Tenth Army opens offensive on the Japanese Shuri Line on Okinawa, supported by one of the largest naval bombardments of the war, by US Task Forces 54 and 58.

The musical Carousel opens on Broadway.

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