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Today in World War II History—November 20, 1939 & 1944

US Sixth War Loan Drive poster, Nov. 20-Dec. 16, 1944

US Sixth War Loan Drive poster, Nov. 20-Dec. 16, 1944

80 Years Ago—November 20, 1939: First mines are dropped in the Thames River by German aircraft.

75 Years Ago—Nov. 20, 1944: US Sixth War Loan Drive starts (Read more: “World War II War Bonds”).

US Eighth Army secures Mapia Islands in East Indies, to be used for radar stations.

Ernie Pyle’s best-selling book Brave Men is published, about his experiences following American troops in Italy and France.