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Today in World War II History—November 5, 1939 & 1944

Japanese heavy cruiser Nachi under aerial attack, Manila Bay, Philippine Islands, 5 Nov 1944 (US National Archives: 80-G-287018)

Japanese heavy cruiser Nachi under aerial attack, Manila Bay, Philippine Islands, 5 Nov 1944 (US National Archives: 80-G-287018)

80 Years Ago—November 5, 1939: Plot by senior German officers under Gen. Franz Halder to arrest or kill Hitler collapses; the officers are appalled at Hitler’s decision to invade Belgium, the Netherlands, and France.

75 Years Ago—Nov. 5, 1944: US B-29s bomb Japanese-occupied Singapore for the first time.

US Navy Task Force 38 carrier aircraft strike Luzon, sinking Japanese heavy cruiser Nachi and shooting down 97 Japanese aircraft.

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