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Today in World War II History—February 4, 1940 & 1945

Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin at the Livadia Palace in Yalta, USSR (now Ukraine), Feb 1945. (US National Archives: USA C-543)

Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin at the Livadia Palace in Yalta, USSR (now Ukraine), Feb 1945. (US National Archives: USA C-543)

80 Years Ago—February 4, 1940: Soviets execute Nikolai Yezhov, the head of the NKVD during the Great Purge in 1937-38, which was responsible for over 600,000 deaths (his execution remained secret until 1948).

75 Years Ago—Feb. 4, 1945: Yalta Conference begins—Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin plan the division of postwar Europe.

Allies liberate Belgium.

First Allied truck convoy over the reopened Burma Road arrives in Kunming, China.