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Today in World War II History—August 11, 1944

Map depicting the Allied breakout in Normandy, France, 1-13 Aug 1944 (US Military Academy)
Map depicting the Allied breakout in Normandy, France, 1-13 Aug 1944 (US Military Academy)

75 Years Ago—August 11, 1944: In France, US Third Army crosses the Loire River.

At Nantes, France, Germans scuttle ships as Allies approach.

Fifty black sailors who survived the Port Chicago Explosion still refuse to load munitions and are charged with mutiny. [see Port Chicago: The Work Stoppage]

Damage to rail cars at US Naval Magazine, Port Chicago from 17 July 1944 explosion (US Naval History and Heritage Command)
Damage to rail cars at US Naval Magazine, Port Chicago from 17 July 1944 explosion (US Naval History and Heritage Command)