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Today in World War II History—April 29, 1940 & 1945

German representatives sign surrender document, Caserta, Italy, 29 April 1945 (US Army Center of Military History)

German representatives sign surrender document, Caserta, Italy, 29 April 1945 (US Army Center of Military History)

80 Years Ago—April 29, 1940: The Royal Air Force establishes Commonwealth Air Training Plan to train air crews in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

Prisoners celebrating the arrival of United States Army troops, Dachau Concentration Camp, Germany, 29 Apr 1945 (US Holocaust Memorial Museum: 45075)

Prisoners celebrating the arrival of United States Army troops, Dachau Concentration Camp, Germany, 29 Apr 1945 (US Holocaust Memorial Museum: 45075)

75 Years Ago—Apr. 29, 1945: At Caserta, Italy, German Gen. Heinrich von Vietinghoff signs the surrender of 1 million German troops in Italy and Austria, effective May 2.

US Seventh Army liberates Dachau concentration camp.

Hitler marries Eva Braun.

RAF begins Operation Manna, dropping food to Dutch civilians.

In municipal elections in France, French women vote for the first time ever.

The “Peace” rose is introduced at the Pacific Rose Society of Pasadena, CA.

One Response to “Today in World War II History—April 29, 1940 & 1945”

  1. Lisa Hudson

    As you can tell, I’m way behind on reading you blogs. Can’t let this go by without commenting on it. In January of 1979, I had the opportunity to tour Dachau. I have seen the exhibits, watched the documentaries, walked the grounds, toured the barracks and stood in the “showers” (the prisoners were told that’s what the gas chambers were) and had the door closed and locked behind us! I still remember that feeling as though it were yesterday! I will never forget the things I saw & experienced that day!