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Today in World War II History—September 18, 1939 & 1944

German Lt. Gen. Heinz Guderian and Soviet Brig. Gen. Semyon Krivoshein in victory parade in Brest-Litovsk, Poland, 22 Sept 1939 (German Federal Archive, Bild 101I-121-0011A-23)

German Lt. Gen. Heinz Guderian and Soviet Brig. Gen. Semyon Krivoshein in victory parade in Brest-Litovsk, Poland, 22 Sept 1939 (German Federal Archive, Bild 101I-121-0011A-23)

80 Years Ago—September 18, 1939: German and Soviet troops link at Brest-Litovsk, Poland.

Polish cryptographers flee to Paris with vital information on German Enigma codes.

People of Eindhoven, the Netherlands, dance in the town square after liberation, 20 Sept 1944 (Imperial War Museum 4905-03 TR 2369)

People of Eindhoven, the Netherlands, dance in the town square after liberation, 20 Sept 1944 (Imperial War Museum 4905-03 TR 2369)

75 Years Ago—Sept. 18, 1944: In Operation Market Garden, British ground troops link with US 101st Airborne Division in Eindhoven, Holland.

US Ninth Army takes crucial port of Brest, France.

South of Sumatra, sub HMS Tradewind sinks Japanese army cargo ship Junyo Maru; 5620 killed, including Javanese slave laborers and 1477 Allied POWs, the worst maritime loss in history to date.

Men of US 2nd Infantry Division in Brest, France under fire, 9 September 1944 (US Army Center of Military History)

US troops fighting in Brest, Brittany, France, September 1944 (US Army Center of Military History)