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Today in World War II History—August 31, 1944

Bing Crosby singing at the opening of the Stage Door Canteen in London, 31 August 1944 (US National Archives)
Bing Crosby singing at the opening of the Stage Door Canteen in London, 31 August 1944 (US National Archives)

75 Years Ago—August 31, 1944: US and Australian forces secure New Guinea, with 100,000 Japanese troops remaining isolated on New Guinea.

Soviets take Bucharest, Romania.

Stage Door Canteen opens at Piccadilly in London; Bing Crosby sings for the opening.

Men of the 1st Battalion, US 19th Infantry, carrying supplies near Hollandia, New Guinea, April 1944 (US Center of Military History)
Men of the 1st Battalion, US 19th Infantry, carrying supplies near Hollandia, New Guinea, April 1944 (US Center of Military History)