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Today in World War II History—February 18, 1940 & 1945

US troops crossing the Siegfried Line in Germany, Feb 1945 (US National Archives: 208-YE-193)

US troops crossing the Siegfried Line in Germany, Feb 1945 (US National Archives: 208-YE-193)

80 Years Ago—February 18, 1940: Chinese forces drive Japanese out of Nanning, China.

75 Years Ago—Feb. 18, 1945: In Germany, the US Third Army crosses the Siegfried Line north of Echternach.

US Army Air Forces Band (under Maj. Glenn Miller before his death) performs at the Paris Opera House, the first time popular music is performed at this venue.