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Today in World War II History—September 20, 1939 & 1944

Cromwell tanks of Guards Armoured Division, British XXX Corps driving toward Nijmegen, the Netherlands, 20 September 1944 (Imperial War Museum)

Cromwell tanks of Guard’s Armoured Division, British XXX Corps driving toward Nijmegen, the Netherlands, 20 September 1944 (Imperial War Museum)

80 Years Ago—September 20, 1939: Germany announces Jews must surrender radios.

Over France, the first aerial engagement of the war between the RAF and the Luftwaffe takes place.

75 Years Ago—Sept. 20, 1944: In Operation Market Garden, British ground troops and US 82nd Airborne take Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

In British Eighth Army area, Indian troops occupy the Republic of San Marino.