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Today in World War II History—July 8, 1944

Barrage balloons over Buckingham Palace in London during WWII (RAF photo)

Barrage balloons over Buckingham Palace in London during WWII (RAF photo)

British Sherman tanks in the assault on Caen, France, 8 July 1944 (Imperial War Museum: 4700-29 B 6642)

British Sherman tanks in the assault on Caen, France, 8 July 1944 (Imperial War Museum: 4700-29 B 6642)

75 Years Ago—July 8, 1944: In Normandy, British & Canadians launch assault on Caen and enter the city.

British launch 1750 barrage balloons south of London to combat German V-1 buzz bombs.

US Army commands all Post Exchanges, theaters, and transportation to be open to all races.