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Today in World War II History—June 23, 1940 & 1945

Albert Speer, Adolf Hitler, and sculptor Arno Breker in Paris, France, 23 Jun 1940 (US National Archives: 242-HLB-5073-20)

Albert Speer, Adolf Hitler, and sculptor Arno Breker in Paris, France, 23 Jun 1940 (US National Archives: 242-HLB-5073-20)

80 Years Ago—June 23, 1940: Hitler tours occupied Paris, his only trip to Paris ever (date of visit is debated, possibly June 28).

Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Saeculo Exeunte, honoring Portugal on its 800th birthday.

75 Years Ago—June 23, 1945: In the last airborne assault of the war, paratroopers of the US 11th Airborne Division land near Aparri in northern Luzon.

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