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Today in World War II History—November 16, 1939 & 1944

US tank on Roer plain in Germany, late 1944 (US Army Center of Military History)

US tank on Roer plain in Germany (US Army Center of Military History)

80 Years Ago—November 16, 1939: Germans counteract anti-Nazi student protests in Prague, Czechoslovakia, with arrests and gunfire, and they declare martial law.

75 Years Ago—Nov. 16, 1944: US First and Ninth Armies launch offensive to clear Roer Plain in Germany.