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Today in World War II History—April 21, 1940 & 1945

German troops in a fierce struggle against Norwegian troops in a village 40 km west of Lillehammer, Norway (German Federal Archives: Bild 183-H26353)

German troops in a fierce struggle against Norwegian troops in a village 40 km west of Lillehammer, Norway (German Federal Archives: Bild 183-H26353)

80 Years Ago—April 21, 1940: British and German troops engage in heavy fighting at Lillehammer, Norway.

First US military casualty of WWII—Army Air Force observer Capt. Robert Losey is killed in German bombing at Dombås, Norway.

M24 Chaffee light tank of US 1st Armored Division in Bologna, Italy, late Apr 1945 (US Army photo)

M24 Chaffee light tank of US 1st Armored Division in Bologna, Italy, late Apr 1945 (US Army photo)

75 Years Ago—Apr. 21, 1945: US Fifth Army and Polish II Corps take Bologna, Italy.

In Italy, future senator Lt. Daniel Inouye, serving with the Japanese-American 442nd RCT, is injured in battle, loses arm, and earns Distinguished Service Cross and Bronze Star.

French take Stuttgart, Germany.