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Today in World War II History—Sept. 22, 1940 & 1945

Statue of Paul Revere, Boston, erected 22 September 1940 (Photo: Sarah Sundin, July 2014)

Statue of Paul Revere, Boston, erected 22 September 1940 (Photo: Sarah Sundin, July 2014)

80 Years Ago—Sept. 22, 1940: Under Japanese pressure, Vichy France ratifies treaty allowing Japanese to occupy air bases and harbors in Indochina; Japanese troops enter French Indochina later that night.

In Boston, the statue of Paul Revere is unveiled in Paul Revere Mall near the Old North Church.

US Gen. George Patton and Soviet Gen. Georgy Zhukov, Berlin, Germany, 7 Sep 1945 (US National Archives)

US Gen. George Patton and Soviet Gen. Georgy Zhukov, Berlin, Germany, 7 Sep 1945 (US National Archives)

75 Years Ago—Sept. 22, 1945: Patton publicly criticizes US “de-Nazification” process for German officers.

In Japan, US Marines land at Sasebo and Kure.