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Today in World War II History—June 15, 1940 & 1945

Cover of 1st edition of The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder, 1940

Cover of 1st edition of The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder, 1940

80 Years Ago—June 15, 1940: USSR occupies Lithuania.

German 1st Army crosses the Maginot Line in the Saar; German 7th Army crosses the Rhine at Colmar.

Bread and flour are rationed in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands.

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s The Long Winter is published.

US B-29 bomber flying over Osaka, Japan, 1945 (US National Archives)

US B-29 bomber flying over Osaka, Japan, 1945 (US National Archives)

75 Years Ago—June 15, 1945: US B-29 incendiary raid on Osaka ends the incendiary campaign on the six biggest Japanese cities.

Judy Garland marries Vincente Minnelli.

Publication of Bill Mauldin’s best-selling cartoon collection Up Front.