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Today in World War II History—August 8, 1944

Adolf Hitler showing Benito Mussolini the wreckage after the unsuccessful assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler, Wolfsschanze, Rastenburg, Germany, late July 1944 (German Federal Archive: Bild 146-1969-071A-03)
Adolf Hitler showing Benito Mussolini the wreckage after the unsuccessful assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler, Wolfsschanze, Rastenburg, Germany, late July 1944 (German Federal Archive: Bild 146-1969-071A-03)

75 Years Ago—August 8, 1944: Eight German officers are hanged in Berlin for their role in the July 20 Hitler assassination plot; by February 3, 1945, 4980 will be executed.

Japanese take Hengyang in their drive south across China, taking the US Fourteenth Air Force air base at Hengyang.