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Today in World War II History—Sept. 7, 1940 & 1945

Smoke rising from the Surrey Docks, London, England, 8 Sep 1940, the morning after the opening night of “The Blitz,” with the Tower Bridge silhouetted against the smoke (US National Archives: 541917)

Smoke rising from the Surrey Docks, London, England, 8 Sep 1940, the morning after the opening night of “The Blitz,” with the Tower Bridge silhouetted against the smoke (US National Archives: 541917)

80 Years Ago—Sept. 7, 1940: London Blitz begins: Luftwaffe bombs London, killing 448, damaging docks, and razing the East End in the first of 57 consecutive night raids.

In Britain, “invasion imminent” alarm is sounded—church bells are rung, bridges are blown, and mines are laid.

Germans extend Nuremberg Laws to Luxembourg; Jews lose citizenship and can’t marry Gentiles.

75 Years Ago—Sept. 7, 1945: Allies hold a victory parade in Berlin.