Today in World War II History—Dec. 19, 1943 POSTED: Wednesday, December 19, 2018 by Sarah Sundin Canadian recruiting poster, WWII 75 Years Ago—Dec. 19, 1943: In Kharkov Trials, the first war crimes trials, four Germans are executed by the Soviets for murdering 30,000 civilians in Ukraine. In Italy, Canadian troops take the gully Torrente Saraceni below Ortona. 2 Responses to “Today in World War II History—Dec. 19, 1943” Ryana Lynn Dec. 19, 2018 Go Canada! Sarah Sundin Dec. 19, 2018 My mother-in-law was born and raised in Canada, so I have a soft spot for that fine nation.