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Today in World War II History—October 17, 1939 & 1944

North African troops of the French First Army in France, 1944 (US Army Center of Military History)

North African troops of the French First Army in France, 1944 (US Army Center of Military History)

80 Years Ago—October 17, 1939: Movie premiere of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, starring James Stewart and Jean Arthur, in Washington, DC.

In British Atlantic convoy HG-3, German U-boats make their first coordinated attack, with three U-boats sinking three ships.

75 Years Ago—Oct. 17, 1944: French troops halt offensive through Vosges Mountains toward Belfort Gap in France.

Germans enter Slovakia to put down Slovak National Uprising.