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Today in World War II History—July 11, 1940 & 1945

Marshal Philippe Pétain, Head of the French State, 1941 (public domain via Wikipedia)

Marshal Philippe Pétain, Head of the French State, 1941 (public domain via Wikipedia)

80 Years Ago—July 11, 1940: Vichy France ratifies new totalitarian constitution; Marshal Philippe Pétain assumes position as Head of the French State (État français).

75 Years Ago—July 11, 1945: At Waw, Burma, British repel attack by remnant of Japanese army.

US Post Office issues 3¢ stamp featuring the Iwo Jima flag raising.