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Today in World War II History—November 2, 1944

US soldiers struggling up a hill in the Hürtgen Forest, 1944 (US Army Center of Military History)

US soldiers struggling up a hill in the Hürtgen Forest, 1944 (US Army Center of Military History)

75 Years Ago—November 2, 1944: Liberation of Belgium is complete, as Canadians take Zeebrugge.

US First Army begins drive on Schmidt, Germany through the Hürtgen Forest.

All able-bodied German males ages 13-60 ordered to join Volkssturm militia under penalty of court-martial.

Marshal Tito becomes Prime Minister of Yugoslavia, serving in coalition government with government-in-exile prime minister Ivan Šubašić.

Swearing in of members of German Volkssturm, Berlin, 12 November 1944 (German Federal Archives: Bild 146-1971-033-15)

Swearing in of members of German Volkssturm, Berlin, 12 November 1944 (German Federal Archives: Bild 146-1971-033-15)

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