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Today in World War II History—September 14, 1939 & 1944

T/Sgt. Joe Trdenic of US 36th Infantry Division receives gift from 11-year-old Therese Grenier in Luxeuil, France, 16 Sept 1944 (US Army Center of Military History)

T/Sgt. Joe Trdenic of US 36th Infantry Division receives gift from 11-year-old Therese Grenier in Luxeuil, France, 16 Sept 1944 (US Army Center of Military History)

80 Years Ago—September 14, 1939: Off the Hebrides, German submarine U-39 attacks carrier HMS Ark Royal but misses and is sunk by British destroyers Faulknor, Foxhound, and Firedrake, the first U-boat sunk in WWII.

Germans take Gdynia, the only remaining Polish port.

75 Years Ago—Sept. 14, 1944: Operation Dragoon, the Allied “Champagne Campaign” in southern France, concludes: 131,000 German POWs have been taken, 40% of Army Group G.

Mutiny trial begins for 50 Port Chicago sailors at Treasure Island, CA (Read more: “The Port Chicago Disaster—The Mutiny Trial”).

Great Atlantic Hurricane kills 390 from North Carolina to New England, and sinks 2 US Coast Guard cutters.

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