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Today in World War II History—August 17, 1944

Canadian troops in Falaise, Normandy, 17 August 1944 (public domain via WW2 Database)
Canadian troops in Falaise, Normandy, 17 August 1944 (public domain via WW2 Database)

75 Years Ago—August 17, 1944: Germans begin retreat from southern France.

Germans begin retreat from the Falaise pocket in Normandy; Canadians take Falaise.

US Third Army takes St. Malo, Chartres, and Orléans in France.

Vichy French government flees for Germany; Marshal Philippe Pétain and his staff will be interned by Hitler, while Prime Minister Pierre Laval’s government will resign.