Today in World War II History—July 19, 1940 & 1945
80 Years Ago—July 19, 1940: Germany holds a victory parade in Berlin.
Hitler appoints twelve field marshals and promotes Hermann Göring to new rank of Reichsmarschall.
Hitler orders Britain to settle for peace; BBC replies unofficially in the negative within one hour.
75 Years Ago—July 19, 1945: Lt. Gen. James Doolittle establishes the US Eighth Air Force on Okinawa, having transferred from England.