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Today in World War II History—July 20, 1941

 

Soviet poster stating “Motherland Calling,” July 1941

Soviet poster stating “Motherland Calling,” July 1941

80 Years Ago—July 20, 1941: Stalin declares himself Soviet Defense Commissar.

Orthodox Patriarch of Moscow, formerly considered an enemy of the state by the USSR, makes a radio broadcast urging resistance to the Nazi invasion.