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Today in World War II History—May 18, 1940 & 1945

Destroyed Belgian A.C.G.1 tank, Antwerp, Belgium, 19 May 1940 (German Federal Archive, Bild 146-1971-040-60)

Destroyed Belgian A.C.G.1 tank, Antwerp, Belgium, 19 May 1940 (German Federal Archive, Bild 146-1971-040-60)

80 Years Ago—May 18, 1940: Germans take Antwerp, Belgium.

In a radio address, aviator and isolationist Charles Lindbergh accuses President Roosevelt of creating “a defense hysteria” and states, “If we desire peace, we have only to stop asking for war.”

US Marine running through Japanese fire at ‘Death Valley,’ Okinawa, Japan, 10 May 1945 (US National Archives: 41607-FMC)

US Marine running through Japanese fire at ‘Death Valley,’ Okinawa, Japan, 10 May 1945 (US National Archives: 41607-FMC)

75 Years Ago—May 18, 1945: An RAF Lancaster is the first plane in history to fly over both true and magnetic North Poles.

US Marines secure Sugar Loaf Hill on Okinawa after heavy fighting.