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Today in World War II History—June 23, 1941

 

German troops inspecting an abandoned KV-2 heavy tank, northern Russia, Jun 1941 (German Federal Archive: Bild 101I-209-0091-11)

German troops inspecting an abandoned KV-2 heavy tank, northern Russia, Jun 1941 (German Federal Archive: Bild 101I-209-0091-11)

80 Years Ago—June 23, 1941: Provisional Government of Lithuania declares independence.

Germans first encounter the Soviet KV tank, which surprises them with its power.