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Today in World War II History—June 20, 1944

US 79th Infantry Division using 155-mm howitzer in assault on Cherbourg, June 1944 (US Army Center of Military History)

US 79th Infantry Division using 155-mm howitzer in assault on Cherbourg, June 1944 (US Army Center of Military History)

Patch of the US Tenth Army, WWII

Patch of the US Tenth Army, WWII

75 Years Ago—June 20, 1944: US First Army besieges Cherbourg, France.

Soviets take Viipuri, Finland, opening Gulf of Finland to Soviet ships.

US Tenth Army is activated under Lt. Gen. Simon Buckner; will fight on Okinawa.

2 Responses to “Today in World War II History—June 20, 1944”

  1. Donnie Hudgens

    I really love your daily WWII postings! There’s an amazing story about June 20 and the Battle of the Philippine Sea. I write a bi-weekly article for my local newspaper, in which I reflect on 75th anniversary happenings from the war. The articles are then posted on my website (ww2diary.wordpress.com). Just uploaded the June 20 piece entitled “Remembering When the Lights Came On…75 Years Later.” I’d be honored if you could read it and give me some feedback. Sorry, in advance, for the ads that WordPress puts on my website. I’ll soon be switching over to an ad-free platform. Thank you…

    • Sarah Sundin

      Thank you, Donnie! I’m glad you’re enjoying my posts. Your website is wonderful. I particularly enjoyed your tribute to Marc Mitscher. I would love to subscribe to your site, but was unable to find a way to do so.