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Today in World War II History—December 29, 1939 & 1944

Finnish ski patrol, lying in the snow on the outskirts of a wood in Northern Finland, on the alert for Soviet troops, 12 January 1940. (Imperial War Museum: 4700-09 HU 55566)

Finnish ski patrol, lying in the snow on the outskirts of a wood in Northern Finland, on the alert for Soviet troops, 12 January 1940. (Imperial War Museum: 4700-09 HU 55566)

80 Years Ago—December 29, 1939: In Soviet-Finnish war, Finnish ski troops tear up the Leningrad-Murmansk rail line.

Movie premieres of Destry Rides Again, starring Jimmy Stewart & Marlene Dietrich, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, starring Charles Laughton & Maureen O’Hara.

75 Years Ago—Dec. 29, 1944: In Italy, Germans retreat in Serchio Valley after counterattack against US Fifth Army.