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Today in World War II History—January 16, 1940 & 1945

Japanese Prime Minister Mitsumasa Yonai reading a memo in the prime minister’s seat in the Parliament chamber, Tokyo, Japan, 2 Feb 1940 (public domain via WW2 Database)

Japanese Prime Minister Mitsumasa Yonai reading a memo in the prime minister’s seat in the Parliament chamber, Tokyo, Japan, 2 Feb 1940 (public domain via WW2 Database)

80 Years Ago—January 16, 1940: Soviet artillery pounds Mannerheim Line near Viipuri, Finland.

Adm. Mitsumasa Yonai replaces Nobuyuki Abe as Prime Minister of Japan, but he is opposed by the pro-war military.

Men of the US 347th Infantry Regiment taking a meal break while en route to La Roche, Belgium, 13 Jan 1945 (US National Archives: 111-SC-198849)

Men of the US 347th Infantry Regiment taking a meal break while en route to La Roche, Belgium, 13 Jan 1945 (US National Archives: 111-SC-198849)

75 Years Ago—Jan. 16, 1945: The Battle of the Bulge ends as US First and Third Armies meet in Houffalize, Belgium, cutting off the tip of the Bulge.

Two millionth American soldier lands in France.