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Today in World War II History—Aug. 29, 1940 & 1945

Allied prisoners of war at Omori camp near Yokohama cheer as US Navy and other Allied personnel arrive to rescue them, 29 Aug 1945 (US National Archives: 80-G-490444)

Allied prisoners of war at Omori camp near Yokohama cheer as US Navy and other Allied personnel arrive to rescue them, 29 Aug 1945 (US National Archives: 80-G-490444)

80 Years Ago—Aug. 29, 1940: First mass jump by US paratroopers, at Fort Benning, GA.

75 Years Ago—Aug. 29, 1945: 24 Nazi leaders are indicted as war criminals.

First Allied POWs in Japan are liberated, from Camp Omori, by US Navy forces.

US ends military draft.

Movie premiere of musical State Fair in Des Moines, IA, starring Jeanne Crain, Dana Andrews, Dick Haymes, Vivian Blaine.