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Today in World War II History—August 25, 1944

French 2nd Armored Division parading through the Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France, 26 Aug 1944 (US Library of Congress)
French 2nd Armored Division parading through the Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France, 26 Aug 1944 (US Library of Congress)

75 Years Ago—August 25, 1944: Free French troops liberate Paris; Tricolor flown from Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe.

US XVIII Airborne Corps activated over 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions under Maj. Gen. Matthew Ridgway; Maj. Gen. James Gavin replaces Ridgway over 82nd Airborne, the youngest American general to command a division in the war (age 37).

Members of US 4th Infantry Division sightseeing in Paris, France, Aug 25, 1944 (US Army photo)
Members of US 4th Infantry Division sightseeing in Paris, France, Aug 25, 1944 (US Army photo)