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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.

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)