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Today in World War II History—August 30, 1944

Gen. Charles de Gaulle and his entourage at the Arc de Triomphe, Paris, 26 Aug 1944 (Imperial War Museum: HU 66477)
Gen. Charles de Gaulle and his entourage at the Arc de Triomphe, Paris, 26 Aug 1944 (Imperial War Museum: HU 66477)

75 Years Ago—August 30, 1944: British Eighth Army launches main attack on Gothic Line in Italy, crossing the Foglia River.

French Provisional Government is established in Paris under Gen. Charles de Gaulle.

Soviets take Ploesti oil fields in Romania, depriving Germans of crucial source of oil.