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Today in World War II History—February 1, 1940 & 1945

Lutheran church of Sortavala, Finland on fire after Soviet bombing, 2 Feb 1940 (public domain via WW2 Database)

Lutheran church of Sortavala, Finland on fire after Soviet bombing, 2 Feb 1940 (public domain via WW2 Database)

80 Years Ago—February 1, 1940: Soviets launch offensive on Mannerheim Line on Finland’s Karelian Isthmus.

75 Years Ago—Feb. 1, 1945: In Bulgaria, Soviets execute the three regents of 7-year-old Tsar Simeon II—Prince Kyril and former Prime Ministers Bogdan Filov and Dobri Bozhilov.

Second bore of the Lincoln Tunnel opens in New York City (first bore opened in 1937).