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Today in World War II History—February 7, 1940 & 1945

British railway poster, WWII

British railway poster, WWII

80 Years Ago—February 7, 1940: British railways are nationalized.

Movie premiere of Disney’s Pinocchio in New York City.

Damage to the Schwammenauel Dam causes flooding of the Roer River, Feb. 1945 (US Army Center of Military History)

Damage to the Schwammenauel Dam causes flooding of the Roer River, Feb. 1945 (US Army Center of Military History)

75 Years Ago—Feb. 7, 1945: Germans blow up floodgates in the Ruhr Valley, flooding the area west of Cologne, Germany.

Japanese take US Fourteenth Air Force base in Kanchow, China.