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Today in World War II History—February 16, 1940 & 1945

Altmark at Jøssingfjord, 16 Feb 1940 (public domain via WW2 Database)

Altmark at Jøssingfjord, 16 Feb 1940 (public domain via WW2 Database)

80 Years Ago—February 16, 1940: British commandos from destroyer HMS Cossack board German tanker Altmark in Jøssingfjord, Norway, freeing 303 British naval prisoners of war, but creating international incident due to violation of Norway’s neutrality.

Finnish II Corps abandons the Mannerheim Line as Soviets advance in Finland.

75 Years Ago—Feb. 16, 1945: US paratroopers (503rd PIR) and US Sixth Army land on the island fortress of Corregidor in the Philippines.

Soviets surround Breslau in eastern Germany after most of the civilian population was forcibly evacuated, many to die in the severe winter weather.