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Today in World War II History—November 19, 1939 & 1944

French tanks in Huningue, France (US Army Center of Military History)

French tanks in Huningue, France (US Army Center of Military History)

80 Years Ago—November 19, 1939: Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalist Chinese forces begin winter offensive.

Baseball player Joe DiMaggio marries Dorothy Arnold in San Francisco.

75 Years Ago—Nov. 19, 1944: French 1st Armored Division reaches the Rhine at Rosenau—the first Allied troops to reach the Rhine, but on too narrow a front.

French artillery shells German soil for the first time since 1940.

Albanian partisans liberate the capitol of Tirana as Germans evacuate.

British Fourteenth Army opens drive in Burma and crosses the Chindwin River at Sittaung.