Today in World War II History—October 26, 1939 & 1944
80 Years Ago—October 26, 1939: Germany annexes former Polish areas of Upper Silesia, West Prussia, Pomerania, Poznan, Ciechanow, Danzig, and part of Lódz; the rest of German-occupied Poland comes under the “General Government.”
75 Years Ago—Oct. 26, 1944: The Battle of Leyte Gulf concludes with a decisive US victory, despite heavy Japanese kamikaze attacks; this battle marks the virtual collapse of the Japanese Navy.
Canadian troops make an amphibious landing at Beveland in the crucial Scheldt Estuary in the Netherlands.