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Today in World War II History—October 5, 1939 & 1944

Canadian Calgary Highlanders Sniping Platoon Sergeant Harold A. Marshall posing with his Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk. I rifle, Kapellen, Belgium, 6 Oct 1944 (Library and Archives Canada: 3206370)

Canadian Calgary Highlanders Sniping Platoon Sergeant Harold A. Marshall posing with his Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk. I rifle, Kapellen, Belgium, 6 Oct 1944 (Library and Archives Canada: 3206370)

80 Years Ago—October 5, 1939: USSR forces Latvia to allow Soviet troop bases.

US Navy Hawaiian Detachment opens at Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii.

75 Years Ago—Oct. 5, 1944: Canadian troops cross Belgian-Dutch border north of Antwerp.

Germany begins conscription of sixteen-year-old boys.

Germans lose 36 Linsen explosive-packed boats in a raid off the Scheldt Estuary.

French women are granted the right to vote for the first time ever.

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