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Today in World War II History—Mar. 4, 1944

Lt. Gen. Alexander Patch, August 1945 (US Army Center of Military History)

Lt. Gen. Alexander Patch, August 1945 (US Army Center of Military History)

75 Years Ago—Mar. 4, 1944: Maj. Gen. Alexander Patch assumes command of US Seventh Army in Algiers, to prepare for landings in southern France.

US Eighth Air Force flies its first bombing mission to Berlin.