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Today in World War II History—June 3, 1940 & 1945

Amphibious tractors delivering US Marines and supplies on the beach of Iheya Shima, 3 Jun 1945 (US National Archives: 126988)

Amphibious tractors delivering US Marines and supplies on the beach of Iheya Shima, 3 Jun 1945 (US National Archives: 126988)

80 Years Ago—June 3, 1940: Two hundred German Luftwaffe bombers bomb Paris, France, killing 254.

British establish night curfew for foreigners.

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill orders the formation of commando units to raid Nazi-occupied Europe.

75 Years Ago—June 3, 1945: French troops leave Damascus, escorted by the British.

US Marines land on Iheya Shima in the Ryukyu Islands northwest of Okinawa.