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Today in World War II History—February 10, 1940 & 1945

Finnish soldiers on skis with reindeer, near Jäniskoski, Finland, 20 Feb 1940 (public domain via WW2 Database)

Finnish soldiers on skis with reindeer, near Jäniskoski, Finland, 20 Feb 1940 (public domain via WW2 Database)

80 Years Ago—February 10, 1940: Soviets break through Finnish Mannerheim Line on Karelian Isthmus.

Over 4000 members of the American Youth Congress march in Washington to protest US being drawn into imperialistic war; President Roosevelt angrily confronts them.

Hanna-Barbera’s Tom & Jerry make cartoon debut in Puss Gets the Boot.

German passenger ship München, later renamed Steuben, July 1925. (German Federal Archives, N 1572 Bild-1925-079 / Fleischhut, Richard)

German passenger ship München, later renamed Steuben, July 1925. (German Federal Archives, N 1572 Bild-1925-079 / Fleischhut, Richard)

75 Years Ago—Feb. 10, 1945: Soviet submarine S-13 sinks German transport Steuben, killing 3800 military personnel and civilians fleeing East Prussia; S-13 also sank Wilhelm Gustloff, making sub commander Alexander Marinesko the most lethal in history and the most successful Soviet commander in tonnage.

A US P-51 deliberately damages a US C-47 to prevent the cargo plane from mistakenly landing at a Japanese airfield in the Philippines; the C-47 ditches at sea and all aboard are rescued the next day—the P-51 pilot was dating one of the flight nurses on board the C-47.

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