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Today in World War II History—December 6, 1940 & 1945

Italian Gen. Ugo Cavallero, Jan. 1941 (public domain via Wikipedia)

Italian Gen. Ugo Cavallero, Jan. 1941 (public domain via Wikipedia)

80 Years Ago—Dec. 6, 1940: German SS executes mentally ill inmates in Stralsund and Chelm, Poland, including Hitler’s second cousin, Aloisia Veit.

Gen. Ugo Cavallero assumes command of Italian army (Comando Supremo) after Marshal Badoglio resigns.

75 Years Ago—Dec. 6, 1945: USA Strategic Air Forces (USASTAF) based in the Pacific is inactivated.

Movie premiere of The Bells of St. Mary’s, starring Bing Crosby, Ingrid Bergman.