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Today in World War II History—Aug. 25, 1940 & 1945

British wartime poster of a Vickers Wellington medium bomber (used in first RAF bombing of Berlin) to illustrate how scrap and salvage was used in production (Imperial War Museum: PST 14695)

British wartime poster of a Vickers Wellington medium bomber (used in first RAF bombing of Berlin) to illustrate how scrap and salvage was used in production (Imperial War Museum: PST 14695)

80 Years Ago—Aug. 25, 1940: RAF begins night-time bombing of Berlin, in response to (accidental) Luftwaffe bombing of London the night before.

75 Years Ago—Aug. 25, 1945: In China US Capt. John Birch is killed in a skirmish with communists, the “first casualty of Third World War.”

In French Indochina, the Viet Minh takes control of Saigon, and Emperor Bao Dai abdicates, ending the Nguyen Dynasty.