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Today in World War II History—Oct. 15, 1940 & 1945

A London bus after falling into a massive bomb crater in the center of Balham High Road, London, 15 Oct 1940 (public domain via WW2 Database)

A London bus after falling into a massive bomb crater in the center of Balham High Road, London, 15 Oct 1940 (public domain via WW2 Database)

80 Years Ago—Oct. 15, 1940: Heavy Luftwaffe raid on London starts 900 fires, with raids also to Birmingham and Bristol.

Italy demobilizes 300,000 soldiers for the harvest, leaving only 100,000 for the upcoming invasion of Greece.

Movie premiere of The Great Dictator, starring Charlie Chaplin parodying Hitler.

Pierre Laval, 1931 (Bibliothèque nationale de France)

Pierre Laval, 1931 (Bibliothèque nationale de France)

75 Years Ago—Oct. 15 1945: Former Vichy French Prime Minister Pierre Laval is executed by the French for collaborating with the Nazis.

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