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Today in World War II History—June 20, 1940 & 1945

Secretary of War Henry Stimson, Washington, DC, 10 Aug 1945 (US National Archives: 199142)

Secretary of War Henry Stimson, Washington, DC, 10 Aug 1945 (US National Archives: 199142)

80 Years Ago—June 20, 1940: President Roosevelt names Republican interventionist Henry Stimson as Secretary of War.

Germany begins conscription of Dutch civilians for forced labor.

Britain establishes Children’s Overseas Reception Board to evacuate children to Canada, US, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

75 Years Ago—June 20, 1945: Australians take oil fields at Seria on Borneo.