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Today in World War II History—June 19, 1941

German Army SdKfz. 251 halftrack vehicles advancing toward the Soviet border in preparation for invasion, 21 Jun 1941 (German Federal Archive: Bild 101I-267-0143-29)

German Army SdKfz. 251 halftrack vehicles advancing toward the Soviet border in preparation for invasion, 21 Jun 1941 (German Federal Archive: Bild 101I-267-0143-29)

80 Years Ago—June 19, 1941: Germany and Italy order closure of US consulates in retaliation for US closure of German consulates.

USSR orders a blackout along the German border and camouflage of airfields.