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Today in World War II History—May 12, 1940 & 1945

German tank in the Ardennes, Belgium, May 1940 (German Federal Archives: Bild 1011-382-0248-33A)

German tank in the Ardennes, Belgium, May 1940 (German Federal Archives: Bild 1011-382-0248-33A)

80 Years Ago—May 12, 1940: First tank battle on the western front—at Hannut, Belgium, French tanks destroy large number of German tanks.

German troops enter France via the Ardennes Forest, reaching the Meuse River at Sedan, Monthermé, and Dinant.

Britain begins internment of male German and Austrian nationals ages 16-60 in military areas (eastern & southern coasts).

75 Years Ago—May 12, 1945: British troops return to Jersey in the Channel Islands.

Gen. George Patton launches Operation Cowboy, rescuing 1200 horses, including 375 Lipizzans, from Soviet slaughter in Czechoslovakia.

New song in the Top Ten: “Sentimental Journey.”

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