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Today in World War II History—March 30, 1940 & 1945

Wang Jingwei and military officers at the ceremony establishing a Japanese government in Nanjing, China, 30 Mar 1940 (public domain via WW2 Database)

Wang Jingwei and military officers at the ceremony establishing a Japanese government in Nanjing, China, 30 Mar 1940 (public domain via WW2 Database)

80 Years Ago—March 30, 1940: Japanese establish puppet Reorganized National Government of the Republic of China in Nanjing under president Wang Jingwei.

Soviet M-17 vehicles in Danzig, late-Mar 1945 (public domain via WW2 Database)

Soviet M-17 vehicles in Danzig, late-Mar 1945 (public domain via WW2 Database)

75 Years Ago—March 30, 1945: Soviets enter Austria.

Soviets take Danzig.

Allies get first close-up look at a German Me 262 jet fighter when a defecting pilot delivers one to American forces.

British and Chinese secure northern Burma.

Last German V-1 flying bomb reaches England and is shot down by an antiaircraft gunner; in the V-weapon campaign, V-1s have killed 6284, V-2s have killed 2754.