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Today in World War II History—Aug. 22, 1940 & 1945

British 9.2-inch coastal artillery gun crew in exercise, Culver Point Battery, Isle of Wight, England, 24 Aug 1940 (Imperial War Museum: H 3233)

British 9.2-inch coastal artillery gun crew in exercise, Culver Point Battery, Isle of Wight, England, 24 Aug 1940 (Imperial War Museum: H 3233)

80 Years Ago—Aug. 22, 1940: First cross-Channel artillery duel—Germans bombard Dover and British reply.

Surrender negotiations at Mille Atoll, Marshall Islands, aboard USS Levy, 19 Aug 1945 (US National Archives: 80-G-490371)

Surrender negotiations at Mille Atoll, Marshall Islands, aboard USS Levy, 19 Aug 1945 (US National Archives: 80-G-490371)

75 Years Ago—Aug. 22, 1945: In Manchuria, Japanese surrender to Soviets, and the Soviets seize Port Arthur.

Japanese forces at Mille Atoll in the Marshall Islands surrender aboard destroyer escort USS Levy, the first voluntary Japanese handover of an island.

Yugoslavia orders all farmland over 75 acres to be confiscated and given to partisan fighters.