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Today in World War II History—August 16, 1941

German troops entering the Kremlin of Novgorod, 17 Aug 1941 (German Federal Archive: Bild 183-H26513)

German troops entering the Kremlin of Novgorod, 17 Aug 1941 (German Federal Archive: Bild 183-H26513)

80 Years Ago—Aug. 16, 1941: Germans take Novgorod, Russia, and Nikolaev, Ukraine; Soviets scuttle their fleet at Nikolaev.

Stalin orders all deserters executed and their families arrested.