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Today in World War II History—October 1, 1939 & 1944

German Adm. Karl Dönitz, April 1943 (German Federal Archive: Bild 146-1976-127-06A)

German Adm. Karl Dönitz, April 1943 (German Federal Archive: Bild 146-1976-127-06A)

80 Years Ago—October 1, 1939: In Germany, Karl Dönitz is promoted to rear admiral and Commander of the Submarines.

75 Years Ago—Oct. 1, 1944: Canadian forces open campaign to clear the Scheldt Estuary around the port of Antwerp, Belgium.

Library of Congress once again displays the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution, retrieved from Fort Knox.

Canadian armored cars in Putte, during the Anglo-Canadian drive in the Scheldt Estuary, 11 Oct 1944 (Imperial War Museum: 4700-05 HU 69103)

Canadian armored cars in Putte, during the Anglo-Canadian drive in the Scheldt Estuary, 11 Oct 1944 (Imperial War Museum: 4700-05 HU 69103)