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Today in World War II History—October 3, 1939 & 1944

Adolf Hitler at a German military parade in Warsaw, Poland, 5 Oct 1939 (German Federal Archive: Bild 146-1974-132-33A/ Mensing)

Adolf Hitler at a German military parade in Warsaw, Poland, 5 Oct 1939 (German Federal Archive: Bild 146-1974-132-33A/ Mensing)

80 Years Ago—October 3, 1939: Germans order ruthless exploitation of occupied Poland.

Submarine USS Seawolf off the Mare Island Navy Yard, CA, 7 March 1943 (US Navy photo # NH 99549)

Submarine USS Seawolf off the Mare Island Navy Yard, CA, 7 March 1943 (US Navy photo # NH 99549)

75 Years Ago—October 3, 1944: Germans evacuate Athens, Greece.

In the Southwest Pacific off Morotai, Japanese sub RO-41 sinks destroyer escort USS Shelton; in counterattack, destroyer escort USS Richard M. Rowell accidentally sinks submarine USS Seawolf.