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Today in World War II History—July 18, 1944

Two French boys watch as Allied vehicles pass through the ruins of Saint-Lô, France, July-August 1944 (US National Archives)

Two French boys watch as Allied vehicles pass through the ruins of Saint-Lô, France, July-August 1944 (US National Archives)

75 Years Ago—July 18, 1944: Japanese Prime Minister Gen. Hideki Tojo resigns with his whole cabinet.

In Normandy, British Second Army breaks out of Caen in the biggest British tank battle of WWII (200 British tanks & 100 German tanks lost).

Allies send over 2000 bombers to the Caen area in the largest ground support operation to date.

In Normandy, US First Army takes critical crossroads town of Saint-Lȏ.

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