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Today in World War II History—July 19, 1940 & 1945

US poster honoring Jimmy Doolittle, WWII

US poster honoring Jimmy Doolittle, WWII

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.

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