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Today in World War II History—July 22, 1940 & 1945

Japanese Prime Minister Fumimaro Konoe and his second cabinet at the Kantei, Tokyo, Japan, 22 Jul 1940 (public domain via Wikipedia)

Japanese Prime Minister Fumimaro Konoe and his second cabinet at the Kantei, Tokyo, Japan, 22 Jul 1940 (public domain via Wikipedia)

80 Years Ago—July 22, 1940: Britain officially rejects Hitler’s “peace offer.”

Britain establishes Special Operations Executive (SOE) under Hugh Dalton to support resistance groups in Nazi-occupied Europe.

Prince Fumimaro Konoe becomes Prime Minister of Japan and appoints a new cabinet.

75 Years Ago—July 22, 1945: First US troops transferred from Europe arrive in the Philippines.