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Today in World War II History—November 25, 1939 & 1944

Poster for the 1940 Winter Olympics, scheduled to be held in February 1940 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, and canceled (University of Oslo)

Poster for the 1940 Winter Olympics, scheduled to be held in February 1940 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, and canceled (University of Oslo)

80 Years Ago—November 25, 1939: 1940 Winter Olympic Games, originally scheduled to be held in Sapporo, Japan, then St. Moritz, Switzerland, and then Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, are cancelled due to the war.

Lt. Gen. Mark Clark and Lt. Gen. Lucian Truscott in Italy, Dec 1944 (US Army photo)

Lt. Gen. Mark Clark and Lt. Gen. Lucian Truscott in Italy, Dec 1944 (US Army photo)

75 Years Ago—Nov. 25, 1944: German V-2 rocket hits Woolworth department store in London, killing 168.

Nazis demolish crematoria and gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

Gen. Mark Clark is named to command 15th Army Group (Allied Armies in Italy); Gen. Lucian Truscott will replace him over US Fifth Army.

Reg Saunders becomes the first Aborigine commissioned officer in the Australian Army.

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