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Today in World War II History—August 19, 1944

Trucks carry German POWs from the Falaise Pocket, August 1944 (US Army Center of Military History)
Trucks carry German POWs from the Falaise Pocket, August 1944 (US Army Center of Military History)

75 Years Ago—August 19, 1944: French resistance launches uprising in Paris and seizes Hôtel de Ville (city hall).

In France, Canadian troops link with the US Third Army at Chambois, closing the Falaise Gap; 50,000 German prisoners will be taken, but 20-30,000 escape.