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Today in World War II History—September 8, 1939 & 1944

Girl holding her dog in devastated Warsaw, Poland, 5 September 1939 (US Holocaust Museum)

Girl holding her dog in devastated Warsaw, Poland, 5 September 1939 (US Holocaust Museum)

80 Years Ago—September 8, 1939: German troops reach Warsaw suburbs; Polish government evacuates to Lublin.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt declares a limited state of emergency and orders an increase in the armed forces.

Koch Karadzhev (foreground) and others welcome Soviet troops into Bulgaria, Sep 1944 (public domain via WW2 Database)

Koch Karadzhev (foreground) and others welcome Soviet troops into Bulgaria, Sep 1944 (public domain via WW2 Database)

75 Years Ago—Sept. 8, 1944: Soviet troops enter Bulgaria, which switched sides and declared war on Germany the day before.

First German V-2 rocket hits London.

V-2 Rocket launch, Peenemünde, Germany, 21 June 1943 (German Federal Archive: Bild 141-1880)

V-2 Rocket launch, Peenemünde, Germany, 21 June 1943 (German Federal Archive: Bild 141-1880)