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Today in World War II History—July 29, 1940 & 1945

Cabinet Room in the Churchill War Rooms, London (Photo: Sarah Sundin, 6 Sept 2017)

Cabinet Room in the Churchill War Rooms, London (Photo: Sarah Sundin, 6 Sept 2017)

80 Years Ago—July 29, 1940: Germany annexes Belgian provinces of Eupen, Malmédy, and Moresnet, and bans speaking of French and Flemish in these provinces.

Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s cabinet meets in the underground Cabinet War Rooms for the first time (now called the Churchill War Rooms).

75 Years Ago—July 29, 1945: Final time a British battleship fires in combat, as HMS King George V bombards Hamamatsu, Honshu, along with other British and US ships.