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Today in World War II History—November 8, 1939 & 1944

Map of the Battle of the Scheldt (US Army Center of Military History)

Map of the Battle of the Scheldt (US Army Center of Military History)

80 Years Ago—November 8, 1939: Finland refuses Soviet demand for territory.

75 Years Ago—Nov. 8, 1944: Canadians secure Walcheren and the Scheldt Estuary to protect port of Antwerp, Belgium.

US Third Army begins offensive against Siegfried line toward Metz, France.

761st Tank Battalion, the first African-American tank unit, enters combat with US Third Army.

After his 258th victory, Luftwaffe ace Walter Nowotny is killed as his Me 262 jet is shot down by two US P-51 Mustangs.

British launch offensive in western Burma toward Akyab.

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