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Today in World War II History—May 27, 1942

Reinhard Heydrich and his wife Lina at a concert at Wallenstein Palace, Prague, 26 May 1942 (public domain via WW2 Database)

Reinhard Heydrich and his wife Lina at a concert at Wallenstein Palace, Prague, 26 May 1942 (public domain via WW2 Database)

75 Years Ago—May 27, 1942: Czech resistance fighters shoot Gen. Reinhard Heydrich in Prague, deputy chief of SS and deputy governor of Czechoslovakia; he dies June 4.

German Gen. Rommel launches offensive against British at Gazala, Libya.

Doris “Dorie” Miller becomes first African-American to receive Navy Cross, for actions at Pearl Harbor.

Guide Dogs for the Blind is founded in Los Gatos CA, to help returning servicemen.

Movie premiere of Prelude to War, first of Frank Capra’s Why We Fight propaganda films.

US poster, 1943, honoring Dorie Miller, recipient of the Navy Cross for his actions at Pearl Harbor.

US poster, 1943, honoring Dorie Miller, recipient of the Navy Cross for his actions at Pearl Harbor.