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Today in World War II History—May 29, 1940 & 1945

Destroyer HMS Wakeful, sunk by a German torpedo boat off Dunkirk, 29 May 1940; 737/763 killed (British government photo)

Destroyer HMS Wakeful, sunk by a German torpedo boat off Dunkirk, 29 May 1940; 737/763 killed (British government photo)

80 Years Ago—May 29, 1940: Off Dunkirk, German torpedo boats and the Luftwaffe sink British destroyers Wakeful, Grafton, and Grenade, and many other ships, killing over 1000 Allied troops.

US Marine Lt. Col. R. P. Ross Jr. raising the US flag over Shuri castle on Okinawa, 29 May 1945 (US National Archives: FMC 42043)

US Marine Lt. Col. R. P. Ross Jr. raising the US flag over Shuri castle on Okinawa, 29 May 1945 (US National Archives: FMC 42043)

75 Years Ago—May 29, 1945: In Syria, fighting erupts between French troops and Syrian nationalists; French bomb Damascus, destroying Syrian parliament building.

Filipino guerrillas take Cervantes, Luzon.

US Marines take Shuri ridge and Shuri Castle on Okinawa.