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Today in World War II History—Jan. 27, 1944

Soviet troops fighting in Pushkin district of Leningrad, Russia, 2 Jan 1944 (Russian International News Agency image #309/Boris Kudoyarov)

Soviet troops fighting in Pushkin district of Leningrad, Russia, 2 Jan 1944 (Russian International News Agency image #309/Boris Kudoyarov)

75 Years Ago—Jan. 27, 1944: Soviets break siege of Leningrad after 872 days and 1.5 million deaths.

Lt. Gen. Omar Bradley succeeds Lt. Gen. George Grunert over US First Army, which is preparing for Operation Overlord (D-day).

Lt. Gen. Omar Bradley, circa 1944 (US Army photo)

Lt. Gen. Omar Bradley, circa 1944 (US Army photo)