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Today in World War II History—Aug. 11, 1940 & 1945

Gen. Douglas MacArthur, Philippines, 1 Aug 1945 (US National Archives: USA C-2405)

Gen. Douglas MacArthur, Philippines, 1 Aug 1945 (US National Archives: USA C-2405)

80 Years Ago—Aug. 11, 1940: German Messerschmitt Me 109s first operate as fighter-bombers, against British ships.

In Paris, Nazis form Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg to loot art from Jews.

75 Years Ago—Aug. 11, 1945: Gen. Douglas MacArthur is declared Allied Supreme Commander, with the authority to accept a Japanese surrender.

Dai Viet (Nationalist Party of Greater Vietnam) holds a demonstration in Hanoi, French Indochina in support of the Vietnamese royal government and an independent Vietnam.

Congress declares the first week in October of each year to be designated as National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week (now called National Disability Employment Awareness Month).