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Today in World War II History—May 3, 1940 & 1945

British POWs at Trondheim, Norway, May 1940 (German Federal Archives: Bild 183-LO3926)

British POWs at Trondheim, Norway, May 1940 (German Federal Archives: Bild 183-LO3926)

80 Years Ago—May 3, 1940: In Norway, Allied forces south of Trondheim surrender to the Germans.

British Cromwell tank guarding a bridge over the Elbe River, Hamburg, Germany, 3 May 1945 (Imperial War Museum: 4700-30 BU 5077)

British Cromwell tank guarding a bridge over the Elbe River, Hamburg, Germany, 3 May 1945 (Imperial War Museum: 4700-30 BU 5077)

75 Years Ago—May 3, 1945: British take Hamburg, Germany.

British and Indian forces take Rangoon, Burma.

On Mindanao in the Philippines, US Eighth Army takes Davao.

RAF Typhoons sink German liner Cap Arcona and German freighter Thielbek, both loaded with concentration camp prisoners about to be murdered (7500 killed, 2400 survive).

Movie premiere of historical drama The Valley of Decision, starring Gregory Peck & Greer Garson.