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Today in World War II History—February 26, 1940 & 1945

US Sixth Army troops in Manila, 1945 (US Army Center of Military History)

US Sixth Army troops in Manila, 1945 (US Army Center of Military History)

80 Years Ago—February 26, 1940: US War Department activates Air Defense Command under Brig. Gen. James Chaney.

75 Years Ago—Feb. 26, 1945: US Ninth Army reaches the Rhine south of Düsseldorf, Germany.

US Sixth Army begins assault on last three Japanese strongholds in Manila.