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Today in World War II History—July 17, 1940 & 1945

Josef Stalin, Harry Truman, and Winston Churchill at the Potsdam Conference, Germany, 17 Jul 1945 (Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum: 63-1455-26)

Josef Stalin, Harry Truman, and Winston Churchill at the Potsdam Conference, Germany, 17 Jul 1945 (Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum: 63-1455-26)

80 Years Ago—July 17, 1940: In England, pub owner Percy Tibble captures 4 downed German airmen with a toy pistol.

75 Years Ago—July 17, 1945: Potsdam conference begins outside Berlin—Winston Churchill, Josef Stalin, and Harry Truman meet to discuss postwar Europe and the end of the war with Japan.

First joint US-British strike on Japan as British Task Force 37 and US Task Force 38 hit the Tokyo area, also the first British attack on Japan.