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Today in World War II History—April 6, 1940 & 1945

British poster, 1940 (Imperial War Museum)

British poster, 1940 (Imperial War Museum)

80 Years Ago—April 6, 1940: British Ministry of Food announces “Kitchen Front” campaign to save food.

Germany recalls all 1, 2, 5, and 10-Pfennig coins to reclaim copper and bronze; will use zinc instead.

75 Years Ago—Apr. 6, 1945: Japanese launch air counterattack on Okinawa: over 400 planes, including kamikazes, strike US naval and ground forces; 300 shot down.

Yugoslavian Partisans liberate Sarajevo.